It’s time to add one more highlight to the list of Misty Copeland’s accomplishments: Dance Magazine Guest Editor. Dance Magazine announced the American Ballet Theatre principal—and ballet megastar—teamed up with them for the May 2016 issue.
Via Dance Magazine:
Why Misty? Because she’s got a perspective like no one else in the dance world today, and we wanted to get her view from the very top of the field. As guest editor, she gave us ideas for stories throughout the issue—everything from a feature on what to do when your director tells you to lose weight (something Misty’s experienced herself), to how dancers can treat their career more like a business, to a Q&A with Mia Michaels about revamping the Rockettes’ New York Spectacular.
Every time I’ve gotten a chance to interact with Misty, either through photo shoots or interviews, I’m always struck by the same thought: No wonder this woman is so successful. She is one of the most determined, yet generous dancers I’ve ever met. She’ll work as hard as she can until she gets things right, but she’s completely open to trying new ideas. It’s clear why everyone from Under Armour to Prince hires her—in addition to her exceptional dance talent, she’s simply an incredible collaborator.
Her work on this issue was no exception. She was a fountain of ideas, sending more and more when any plans fell through. She obligingly answered all my questions for an interview about what her career—and life—is like now that her longtime dream of becoming ABT’s first female black principal has come true.