Boys & Girls Club members meet Misty Copeland

The Sarasota Ballet kindly invited a group of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County members to watch the rehearsal for their Gala event on Saturday, April 7, where Misty Copeland, Boys & Girls Clubs of America alumna and first African American principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, was performing. She shared stories of how she got her start with ballet at the San Pedro Boys & Girls Club and inspired our Club members to reach for their dreams.

When Misty Copeland encountered her first ballet class at 13, she was too shy to participate. The volunteer instructor took her by the hand and drew her in – and Misty began dancing in the gym of the San Pedro Boys & Girls Club. She quickly made up for her late start, joining American Ballet Theatre just four years later. Now the prestigious company’s first African-American principal dancer, Misty is committed to opening the door for more girls, no matter their age or background, to discover ballet. She participated in the “Great Futures Start Here” PSA and works directly with Boys & Girls Clubs in the New York area.

Thank you to all who helped make this unforgettable experience possible for these Club members!

If you are an alumnus of the Boys & Girls Club, we want to hear from you! Visit or call Sara Bealor, Director of Communications, at 941-366-3911 for more information.