En Pointe: African American Ballet Prodigy Misty Copeland Inks Two-Book Deal

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January 31, 2013 ‐ By Ann Brown
via Misty Copeland's Facebook page

via Misty Copeland’s Facebook page

She may just be 30 years old, but ballet dancer Misty Copeland has a lot to write about. And that she will. Copeland just inked a two-book deal. She is working on a memoir for Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint and picture book for G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group (USA), reports AP (via Black America Web). Both books are scheduled for 2014. This follows her recently released 2013 calendar.

Copeland is third African-American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the countries leading ballet companies. Early on, people took note of her exceptional ballet skills—even though she didn’t start her training until age 13. She made the news at age 15 when there was a custody battle between her mother and her ballet teachers, who were acting as her custodial guardians. In 1998, Copeland sought legal emancipation. Eventually everything was settled out of court and Copeland moved home to begin studying with a new teacher.

By 22, she joined the ABT’s Studio Company, and was a member of the corps de ballet in 2001. In 2007 she became a soloist.

Copeland has been captializing on her fame in the world of dance, working hard to build her own brand. In addition to the calendar and upcoming books, she has several endorsement deals, including one with Payless Shoe Source and Blackberry.

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