The Long Beach Central Area Association is offering free bus transportation and discounted tickets for students and chaperones interested in attending a matinee performance by Misty Copeland in the American Ballet Theatre presentation of "The Firebird," Sunday, April 1, 2 p.m. at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Tickets are $25.

Copeland, the only black soloist at the American Ballet Theatre in two decades, is a former San Pedro resident who recently visited Long Beach and San Pedro as part of a Black History Month presentation.

Copeland will dance the title role in "The Firebird," a 1910 ballet by Igor Stravinsky, but making its world debut under Alexei Ratmansky's choreography.

Information on purchasing tickets and the bus schedule is available online at or by calling 562-436-4352.

- Greg Mellen