American Ballet Theatre’s principal ballerina, Misty Copeland recently performed the title role in Alexei Ratmansky’s “Firebird” at the ABT’s spring gala Monday evening.
In an interview with WWD, the dancer revealed she is not interested in becoming a choreographer once she retires from the stage.
“[Choreographing] is not something I see in my future,” Copeland expressed. “It’s not something I’m interested in; it’s just not everyone’s path. Just like I’m not interested in teaching or opening a school — it’s just not something I’ve ever been drawn to.”
While Copeland aspires to have another ten years in her career, she has already begun to consider what she plans to do after she retires from ballet.
“I think I’ll continue to write books and be a part of diversifying classical ballet and different initiatives and things that I’m still a part of,” Copeland shares, also noting why it’s currently such an important time to be a ballerina.
“In this art form the woman is most important, and it wouldn’t exist without her so for ballet to be getting so much recognition right now says so much about women and how important we are — no matter what field — that we are capable of anything and should be allowed to have a voice,” she stated.