The American Ballet Theatre’s first Black principal dancer, Misty Copeland, will grace the Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall stage November 10th and 11th only!


The beautiful and highly respected ballerina will perform in Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella organized by Open World Dance Foundation operated by Russian ballerinas Ekaterina Shchelkanova and Anton Boytsov. Open World Dance Foundation began to help orphans in St. Petersburg Russia.

“Ballet teaches discipline, develop physical strength, and imparts aesthetic taste. Even if children will not become professional dancers these classes positively affect their individual development and help them become full-fledged members of society.” Open World Dance Foundation

Shchelkanova and Boytsov have enlisted ballroom dancers and area youth ballet dancers for the actual performances as well as will provide educational opportunities for all involved onstage and backstage for the young dancers and volunteers.
Misty has long been praised for the diversity she’s bringing to the stage, “changing the face of ballet” as Time Magazine stated in their annual 100 Most Influential People of 2015 list and for discussing the lack of representation of minorities in the industry. The impact she’s made by pirouetting through the glass ceiling of the entire dance industry has inspired numerous girls and boys of all backgrounds, ethnicities, ages and abilities to pursue their love of the art form. Houstonians who admire her, can take this special opportunity to see Copeland who has danced her way into history forever.
In addition to her amazing dedication to her craft, Misty Copeland continues her reign over the ballet world and her brand with her soon to be released health, diet and fitness book entitled “Ballerina Body” due to hit stores in March of 2017.
For more information regarding tickets to Cinderella and the Open World Dance Foundation, visit the Hobby Center.

All media courtesy of and Open World Dance Foundation.