2015: The Year in Culture

A look back at some of the year's most memorable cultural happenings, from starchitect-helmed museum openings to Oscar snubs to the book the critics got wrong. 

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Misty Copeland

It was a banner year for Misty Copeland, which means it was a banner year for dance: The 33-year virtuoso who found ballet at 13 at her local Girls & Boys Club and—in a now-canonical origin story revealed in last year’s memoir, Life in Motion, and then enshrined in that Under Armour ad—was told over and over she didn’t have the right body, wasn’t the right age, and, perhaps, didn’t have the right skin tone, has revolutionized and revitalized American ballet, enflaming connoisseurs and firing the imagination of general audiences for the first time since Mikhail Baryshnikov. In 2015, she sparked a surge in ticket sales during a limited run in Broadway’s On the Town; was the subject of the documentary A Ballerina’s Tale; danced the roles of Odette and Odile in Swan Lake at the Met; made the cover of the Time’s 100; and, this summer, became the first African American principal dancer at ABT.