Misty Copeland was born on September 10, 1982 in Kansas City, Missouri. Her father was a German-African American and her mother was an Italian-African American. She was adopted and lived with 6 siblings.
When Misty was 13, she was introduced to ballet by Cynthia Bradley, who was her first dance teacher. When she was 14, she recieved her first pair of pointe shoes.
On March 24, 1998, Misty won the Los Angeles Music Centre Spotlight Award. Since she received this award, she was gaining recognition as the best dancer in LA. After this, she was offered many scholarships
In 1998, there was a controversy with Misty Copeland's mother and Cynthia, who was her dance teacher. Misty's mother continued having these custodies. Unfortunately, Misty lost her dance teacher, so she began dancing with the South Bay Ballet Company. She also had a new teacher whose name was Diane Lauridson.
In 2007, Misty became a soloist at the American Ballet Theater. She played lead roles such as Cinderella, Giselle, Black Swan, Firebird and many more. She has also on many shows such as, "So You Think You Can Dance".
In June 2012, Misty also wrote a book based on her role, "The Firebird". To this day, Misty continues to work with the American Ballet Theater. On June 30, 2015, she became the first African-American woman to be promoted to principle dancer in American Ballet Theater's 75-year history.