Let's make it official: Misty Copeland has the most insanely diverse resumé of pretty much any dancer around.
First African-American female principal at American Ballet Theatre? Check. Star of a huge national ad campaign? Check. Author of a best-selling autobiography? Check. Subject of a documentary film? Check. Muse to a pop icon? Check. Darling of the late-night TV circuit? Check and check.
Oh, and I almost forgot: Producer of a network TV show?CHECK.
Or, um, YES big deal, actually. Because the show that Copeland just signed on to produce? It's a scripted drama for FOX, created in collaboration with on-the-rise writer Tracy Oliver. It's going to follow a group of cool young dancers competing for spots in a top-echelon ballet company. It is, basically, "Glee" meets "Bunheads" meets Misty—a seriously winning combo. And its network television platform means it's sure to get a LOT of attention. (That is, assuming the script makes it to production, which is still an "if"—cross your fingers and toes.)
There's a cool backstory, too: According to Deadline, Oliver has been all about Copeland since she first heard her story a couple of years ago. (Oliver has a background in the performing arts herself.) She ended up cold calling Copeland and pitching her the TV show idea—and Copeland agreed to do it on the spot. Misty Copeland: She knows a great idea when she hears it.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
It's usually right around the third or fourth week of "So You Think You Can Dance" audition rounds that we start itching for the live shows. Sure, the auditions are fun, inspiring, and entertaining, but at a certain point, we reach audition saturation. (And the live shows are just so good and feature so much more Cat Deeley.)
All that said, Nigel and co. kept things spicy this week, so our attention remained firmly glued to the screen. (It's been 16 seasons—who are we to doubt Nigel Lythgoe, sir?) Here's how it all went down.