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Misty was born on September 10, 1982 in Kansas City, Missouri to a German-African American father and an Italian-African American mother and what was adopted by African American parents, living with 6 siblings.
When she was 13, she was introduced to ballet by Cynthia Bradley, her first dance teacher. And a 14, Misty received her first pair of pointe shoes. This is the most important point in a ballerina's career.
On March 24, 1998, Misty won the Los Angeles Music Centre Spotlight Award. With that accomplishment, she got a lot of recognition as the best dancer in L.A. She was then offered multiple scholarships & decided to go with the San Francisco Ballet School for 6 weeks. This was Misty's first scholarship.
In 1998, the was controversy about a custody case with Misty's mother and Cynthia, her dance teacher. Misty's mom continued to have custody. She lost her dance teacher in the process, so she began to dance with the South Bay Ballet Company. Her new teacher was Diane Lauridson.
In 2007, Misty became a soloist at the American Ballet Theater. She has played lead roles Cinderella, Giselle, Black Swan, Swan Lake, Firebird, and many more. She has also guest starred on the show "A Day In The Life" and "So You Think You Can Dance".
In June 2012, Misty wrote a book based on one of her lead roles, "The Firebird". Misty, continues to pursue her dance career with the American Ballet Theater. On June 30, 2015, she became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history.
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