U.S. Embassy, Kingston Hosts Misty Copeland

Continuing its support of the performing Arts in Jamaica, the Embassy of the United States of America has partnered with the Edna Manley College and Plié for the Arts, to host Misty Copeland; the first African-American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.

Ms. Copeland will be among a 25-member dance delegation, to include Desmond Richardson co-founder and co-artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and other highly acclaimed professionals, from well-known American dance companies.

Throughout their visit, the group will share in a series of Master classes.  Together, they will enjoy a professional and cultural exchange with Jamaican dance students and educators.  These program activities will enhance previous U.S. Embassy sponsored programs, on the importance of training and development in the performing arts, as well as how this art form can influence the current socioeconomic landscape of Jamaica. 

The U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Eric Khant asserted that “the Embassy is truly delighted to host the American dance ensemble.”  He said that “dance is a timeless expression, known to unite people of diverse cultures, nations and backgrounds. We believe our combined efforts will strengthen Jamaica’s growing Arts scene, towards boosting the island’s development and social cohesion.”

The U.S. Embassy believes that these exchanges will serve to inspire local dance enthusiasts and further promote this art form, which is deeply ingrained in both Jamaican and American societies.

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