Misty Copeland took her first ballet class at the age of 13 in San Pedro, California at the San Pedro Dance Center. She was on pointe within three months of training and was named the Best Young Dancer in the Greater Los Angeles Area by the Los Angeles Times just two years after she began dancing ballet. In 2001, after attending American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship, Copeland was one of six girls selected to join ABT’s Studio Company. In 2007 she was promoted to the rank of soloist.
In 2007, Misty Copeland made history and became the first African American soloist at the American Ballet Theater (ABT). Her roles with ABT include The Flower Girl in Don Quixote, The Peasant Pas De Deux from Giselle, The Sinatra Suite by Twyla Tharpe and Work Within Work by William Forsythe. Copeland currently, stars in several national advertising campaigns including Blackberry Bold, Proactiv, and Payless Shoe Stores. She has received numerous awards throughout her dance career including the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts in 2008 and the American Ballet Theater Coca Cola Scholar in 2000. You don’t want to miss this show!
ABOUT THE SHOW:“The Kiner Hour – Lets Talk Dance With Ashani Mfuko“ is an internet radio show on the Talking Alternative Radio Broadcasting Network, which is also streamed live from the studio in New York City on Ustream.tv, on Tuesday nights from 7pm-8pm, with archives available for download. This show covers hot topics in the dance world, the business side of the dance industry, how to be successful in the dance industry, health and wellness, advice on how to use social media for dance, and how to stay positive and motivated as a dance studio owner, dance teacher, and professional dancer, with special guest interviews from dance-industry leaders.
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Ashani Mfuko is a Social Media Strategist, Digital Marketing Specialist, Award-Winning Blogger, and Professional Dancer. Ashani works with small businesses, corporations, & non-profit organizations as a Social Media Strategist and Digital Marketing Specialist. She creates results-driven, innovative social media strategies that are proven to increase your revenue and catapult your brand to expert status in your niche! She has an extensive track record of creating and implementing successful social media strategies for her clients.
She is also the Host and Executive Producer of the “Inside New York City Dance” television show on MNN, and is a proud wife and new mom.
Ashani has been featured in Dance Magazine, as a “Media Maven”, as well as in Dance Mogul magazine, Inside Woman magazine, & Dance Studio Life magazine, in addition to various dance blogs online. She is the author and creator of the, “Finance Your Dance: How To Turn Your Passion Into Profit“ e-book and workshop, and her dance blog won the Reader’s Choice, “Top Dance Business Blog” of the year award, two years in a row. She is a leader in the field of social media and digital marketing, and is highly sought after as a dance performer and dance teacher in the New York City dance community. Ashani is on staff at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, and teaches Advanced Jazz classes for their Jazz & Contemporary program & Ballet program.