History-Making Ballet Star Misty Copeland Inspires New Fox TV Dance Project

News   History-Making Ballet Star Misty Copeland Inspires New Fox TV Dance Project
Misty Copeland, the groundbreaking American Ballet Theatre principal dancer who made her Broadway debut last summer in the revival of On the Town, has been tapped by Fox to create a TV dance drama inspired by her own life story.
Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland

The ballerina who was promoted in June to principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre — the first African-American actress to make that leap — will work with writer Tracy Oliver on the untitled project.

According to Deadline.com, the show will follow a diverse group of young performers who are competing for top slots in a prominent ballet company.

Oliver and Copeland will executive produce along with Brian Dobbins, Peter Principato and Paul Young.

"A Ballerina's Tale," a documentary film about Copeland and other dancers, was released in cinemas and on VOD Oct. 14.


Copeland was born in Kansas City, MO, and raised in San Pedro, CA. She began her ballet studies at the age of 13 at the San Pedro City Ballet and won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards. She continued her studies at the Lauridsen Ballet Center. Copeland studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was declared ABT’s National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000. Copeland joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000 and joined the main Company as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001. She was appointed a soloist in August 2007.

Copeland received the 2008 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts and was named National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2013. In 2014, President Obama appointed Copeland to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. She is the recipient of a 2014 Dance Magazine Award and appeared on the cover of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015. She is the author of the best-selling memoir, "Life in Motion" and the children’s book "Firebird."

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