Misty Copeland

The acclaimed ballet dancer talks to Monica Drake

Watch Monica Drake, assistant managing editor of The New York Times, moderate an intimate and inspiring conversation with Misty Copeland, the first African-American female principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

One of the most famous dancers in the world, Copeland is credited with both broadening the audience for classical ballet and imbuing the art form with a renewed energy. This talk is a prelude to ABT’s spring season as well as a celebration of a special section of New York Times dance photography that spans more than 100 years. Through the archival images, Copeland and Drake looked at professional dancers, nightclub revelers, New Yorkers dancing (literally) in the streets — and people moving their bodies to music in countless other ways. 

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