Time Magazine Hearts Misty Copeland

It's a good week to be Misty Copeland.

Last Thursday, the gorgeous American Ballet Theatre soloist made history—and made a lot of ballet fans very happy—when she performed as Odette/Odile for the first time in the U.S. (She danced this round with The Washington Ballet, but will also perform the role with ABT at NYC's Metropolitan Opera House this spring.)

Today comes the news that Copeland has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2015. In fact, she was one of the five members of that 100-person list to earn a COVER. How perfect is that?

Really, really perfect.

It gets even perfect-er: Copeland's story for Time Magazine was written by Nadia Comaneci, the legendary gymnast with five Olypmic gold medals to her name. Comaneci was famous for her beautifully dancer-like presence, and the reason she took on Copeland's profile is that a movie about her gymnastic career is what first inspired Copeland "to see the joy in movement." So lovely.

There are two videos accompanying the profile, both packed with awesome footage of Copeland (and ABT's Gabe Stone Shayer—hi, Gabe!) in action. Take a look below.

Congrats, Misty!

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Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

Read Darriel's profile here

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And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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