Misty Copeland Joins ‘Project Plié’ Initiative to Find More Black Ballerinas

The assumption that ballerinas must take the “traditional” route to achieve success is nearly extinct thanks to ballerinas like Misty Copeland. The American Ballet Theater soloist is now the face of “Project Plié,” an initiative that will promote diversity in ballet alongside the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, where Copeland was initially discovered.

Set to launch later this year, “Plié” will award scholarships and otherwise unattainable opportunities to dancers of color and include scholarships to the following programs:

-Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre Children’s and Pre-Professional Divisions

-ABT’s Summer Intensive Programs (with housing funds)

-ABT’s 2 week Young Dancer Summer Workshop in NYC

Those involved with the initiative will not only have access to dance training, but a chance to meet with ABT dancers and teachers as well. The advisory committee also includes Dance Theater of Harlem’s Virginia Johnson, So You Think You Can Dance’s Nigel Lythgoe and Frank Sanchez, president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

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