Misty Copeland’s Giselle is all about the acting – Orange County Register

At age 34, Misty Copeland is finally performing many of ballet’s iconic roles. In May, she tackled “Don Quixote’s” Kitri for the first time and made her New York debut in the title role of “Giselle” with American Ballet Theatre, where she has spent her entire career: She has been a principal dancer for two years.

Nobody would deny that’s rather a late start for some of classical ballet’s most demanding parts, but nothing has come easily for this beloved star. Copeland’s early life was fraught with family conflict, and her career has been marked by injuries. Her much anticipated performance in the world premiere of ABT’s “Whipped Cream” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in March was canceled out of concern for her fragile left leg; a 2014 fracture left her with a plate in her tibia.

So when Copeland does appear in a demanding canonical part, as she did  Friday at the Segerstrom Center in Teatro alla…

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