Ballerina Misty Copeland’s Net Worth, Parents, Siblings, Family, and Boyfriend

Published Date   06th Mar. 2018, 18:41 pm
Ballerina Misty Copeland’s Net Worth, Parents, Siblings, Family, and Boyfriend Misty Copeland's net worth
Quick Info
Birth Name: Misty Copeland
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Birth Sign: Virgo
Father: Doug Copeland
Mother: Sylvia DelaCerna
Spouse: Olu Evans
Height: 1.57 M
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Date of Birth: 10/09/1982
Age: 41 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $500,000

American ballet dancer, Misty Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT’s on June 30, 2015. ABT, The Theatre is one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States. The dancing star Misty Copeland’s net worth is thus estimated at $500,000.

Misty is also an Author of a book Misty Copeland: Life in Motion and two other books.

Early Life and Education

The amazing ballerina Misty Copeland was born to parents Doug Copeland and Sylvia Dela Cerna on September 10, 1982, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

She is an American citizen with German, African American, and Italian descent. Copeland is the youngest of four children from her mother’s second marriage. She has two younger half-siblings. Misty has two brothers named, Doulas jr., and Christopher with a sister Erica.

Copeland’s mother Sylvia has married four times, and her father is her mother’s second husband. She saw her father only after twenty years as she moved to California with her mother at age three.

Misty had to face tough times during her childhood. She stayed in a motel room with mother and her other five siblings. Her mom had to work many jobs enough only to feed them. Misty recalls;

” We were kind of homeless living in a motel and working hard just to have enough money to get a noodle soup to eat. It was just the worst time in my childhood when finally ballet found me.”

Misty Copeland started cheering up when she joined the ‘Dana Middle School’ in the drill team. Later, she was promoted to captain, like her sister Erica was before her.

Her coach, Elizabeth Cantine referred Misty to Cynthia Bradley, as she was a talented student. Misty then completed her graduation from San Pedro High School in 2000.


Misty’s career in ballet was not an overnight sensation. Copeland had worked really hard for years to get to the position she is now.

Misty’s First move to Ballet

Misty Copeland made her first move to ballet by attending the free class, where she was asked by Bradley to join local small ballet school, ‘San Pedro Dance Centre.’ She declined the offer but later joined the class at age thirteen in 1995 with her mother’s permission.

She was made en pointe in three months, and after eight months she enthralled her audience with her performance as Clara in the school production of The Nutcracker’ in 1997. She danced with Charles, Yours Truly who acted as the Prince and Choreographer.

Misty Copeland performance'Nutcracker' in 1997

Misty Copeland 1997 ‘Nutcracker’ performance with Charles.

Source: Maple Conservatory of Dance

Bradley convinced Misty’s mother to let her live out of her household and continue training. Misty then started to stay with Bradley and her family.

She was offered as a full-time student scholarship at the institution as she completed her summer workshop at the ‘San Francisco Ballet School’ in 1998.

Copeland’s mother did not like her dancing and due to the arguments with one another including Bradley, Copeland filed emancipation papers to secure her legal independence from her mother. The year was 1998 and she was just 15.

Misty had applied for many top ballet organizations but was rejected. The reasons were that she had a wrong body for ballet, she lacked the right feet, turnout, Achilles tendon, torso length, and bust, according to Misty Copeland’s Under Armour commercial below:

Fortunately, Misty enrolled in ABT’s ‘Summer Intensive’ program in 1999, as she was offered a full scholarship. In 2000, she danced in ‘Don Quixote’ as the character of Kitri. After her huge contribution, she became part of the ‘ABT Studio Company.’

Lumbar Stress Fracture

Misty suffered a lumbar stress fracture in 2001, that put her off the stage for nearly a year. Besides, the ABT management was aware of the change in her physique as the doctor put her on birth control pills, which in result gained 10 pounds.

Additionally, from her stress, she became depressed and developed an eating disorder. However, she was able to overcome the depression and eventually gained confidence after the support from her close people.

Rise to career

Later, ABT designated her as one of the youngest soloist dancer in August 2007. Likewise, Misty has also received good respect and fame for her brilliant performances in the productions for ‘Ballo della Regina’ (2007), ‘Baker’s Dozen’ (2008), ‘One of Three’ (2009), ‘Birthday Offering’, and ‘Giselle’ (2011).

Misty was sidelined due to six stress fractures in her tibia in 2012, as she was dancing as an alternate lead in ‘The Firebird.’ However, she returned in 2013, and eventually performed a stage as the Queen of the Dryads in ‘Don Quixote.’

Moreover, she was appointed as ABT’s principal ballerina on June 15, 2015, as there was lack of principal female dancer.

She was also reprised by the role of Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty in January 2016, at the Kennedy Centre. However, she appeared as a guest artist with La Scala Theatre Ballet.

Married To Long-Term Boyfriend Olu Evans

American Ballet principal announced her engagement to Evans, an attorney in the September 2015. Misty Copeland married her long-term boyfriend Olu Evans on Sunday on April 31, 2016, at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach. The couple was in a relationship for ten years before their marriage.
Ballerina Misty Copeland Marries Longtime Boyfriend Olu Evans

Misty Copeland’s husband: Ballerina Misty Copeland Married Longtime Boyfriend Olu Evans.

Image source: Huffington Post

The pair had a long-lasting relationship and they had an intimate wedding on the presence of 100 guests.

Misty Copeland’s Net Worth and Salary

Ballerina Misty Copeland’s Net Worth is estimated to be around $500 thousand. Her source of income is usually from her professional career as a ballet dancer.

Listed in 100 influential people in Time Magazine, Misty Copeland earns a massive amount from her exceptional performances.

She is also an actor, which is another primary source of income to Misty Copeland’s net worth. Misty has also appeared in a photo shoot signings for an online shopping site name as Under Armour. Besides that, the company has also invested around $500 million of company’s $3 billion revenue in Women’s business.

Misty said she earns around $50,000 to $100,000 as yearly income at the ballet company. Valentino D. Carlotti sponsors Misty Copeland’s performances and Misty’s performance schedule is lined up. Misty’s career in ballet will bring Misty more success in near future resulting in an increase in Misty Copeland’s net worth.

Black ballerina Misty Copeland’s performances on the American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Valentino D. Carlotti Misty Copeland’s net worth is much more for her lavish life.

Furthermore, Misty husband Olu Evans also earns a huge amount of money as he is co-operating attorney and owner of a Dancewear company. He earns average base pay of $140,387 annually. Olu Evans net worth thus is amazing.

Misty Copeland Scholarship for African American dancers 

Ballet traditionally is white, where black people have rare chance to get in. Copeland being a black woman had to struggle and fight a lot to make her career in ballet. She was rejected often for her black skin, hair and body type. But with immense dancing spirit, she made her way up to Ballet.

Having understood the pain, Misty decided to contribute and help to those Black Americans who see their career in ballet dancing. Thus in 2016, she announced Ballet scholarship for the Black community. She said;

“I am proud to support African American dancers to help reach their dreams both at home and abroad. Ballet in the City thus presents Misty Copeland Scholarship for African American dancers 2016. So that they can continue their dance training increasing their opportunities.”

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