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Misty Copeland visits Charlotte Ballet Academy

Misty Copeland with Jared Sutton when he was in the Ballet’s Academy, in 2016.
Misty Copeland with Jared Sutton when he was in the Ballet’s Academy, in 2016.

America’s most ballyhooed ballerina came to Charlotte Ballet Academy Tuesday. Misty Copeland, a principal with American Ballet Theatre in New York, had a closed-door master class with about 80 Charlotte Ballet Academy students ages 11 to 18.

Afterward, she did a Q&A for those students and about 70 more: 30 from Charlotte Ballet’s Reach program for economically disadvantaged dancers, 20 from its Pre-Professional Division and 20 from Northwest School of the Arts.

Academy director Ayisha McMillan Cravotta had long wanted to bring Copeland in for a class; because the ballerina had an event in Columbia earlier Tuesday, she dropped by Charlotte afterward. She has one other local connection: She performed in the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Patricia McBride.

Lawrence Toppman

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