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World-renowned dancer Misty Copeland featured at free event Feb. 13 at Midwest Theater

World-renowned dancer Misty Copeland featured at free event Feb. 13 at Midwest Theater

Feb. 1, 2018 — Scottsbluff-area residents have the opportunity to experience a live event featuring Misty Copeland, a world-renowned dancer and the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.

“A Conversation with Misty Copeland” features the artist speaking about her life, career and experiences. The live presentation from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on Feb. 13 to an already sold-out auditorium is part of the university’s E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues.

The event will be livestreamed at the Scottsbluff Midwest Theater, 1707 Broadway, at 6 p.m. mountain time with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In 2015, Copeland became the first African-American female principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history. The artist, author, entrepreneur and humanitarian will discuss how she broke barriers and how her work has inspired young people. More information about the artist is at

The Scottsbluff event is sponsored by the Midwest Theater, Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Foundation, Women Investing in Nebraska and University of Nebraska Foundation.

For questions about the event, contact Darla Heggem, University of Nebraska Foundation director of development, at 308-641-1446 or

Copeland is also performing with the American Ballet Theatre and the St. Louis Symphony in the first-ever performance of “Firebird” at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln on Feb. 16 for a sold-out program.

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