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Misty Copeland’s Visit to UCR

by admin on 24th-December-2015
Photo by Jon Gaede

Photo by Jon Gaede

Photo by Jon Gaede

Photo by Jon Gaede

Renowned classical ballerina Misty Copeland addressed the University of California, Riverside on the importance of perseverance and diversity in a free public lecture titled “An Evening with Misty Copeland” in the University Theatre on Dec. 10. Copeland spoke about her rise to success — a story of struggle, and ultimately, triumph — to an auditorium filled with students and community members, many of them dancers who, like her, feel they do not represent the “stereotypical” ballerina because of the way they look. In June 2015, she became the first female African American principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history, and the first African American woman to dance the lead in the company’s production of “Swan Lake” that same month. The presentation was organized by UCR’s African Student Programs.

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