The most famous dancer (I think) from San Pedro is profiled in the current New York magazine as both the first black female soloist in decades at American Ballet Theatre and the muse to Prince on his recent tour. The video above is of a February interview with a smitten Tavis Smiley on PBS. Here's also a video of Copeland at 15 dancing in front of the Korean Bell of Friendship in Angels Gate Park, overlooking her hometown and San Pedro Bay. She hit the big time soon after.
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