New York City is home of the most transformative ballet performer in potentially. well, ever. On Wednesday, Misty Copeland is debuting a new unnamed performance choreographed by Liam Scarlett at Lincoln Center.
Having “disrupted” the ballet industry two years ago as the first
African-American to dance the lead in Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird”,
Copeland has been influential in changing the overall demographics of
Once a niche outlet for older, white audiences, New York
ballet is now booming with highly diverse audiences. Copeland has also
been a leading force toward diversifying performers themselves. She
advises the next generation at the Dance Theater of Harlem and unlike
the more stereotypical rail-thin, swan-like ballerina, Copeland’s
approach is muscle-centric.
With a Dr. Pepper as, Under Armour commercial, autobiography, spread in Vogue Italia,
and potential biopic from New Line Cinema, Copeland is the kind of
performer millennials who attend corporate, incentive and association
destination meetings define as a “must-see.”