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Misty Copeland Becomes First African-American Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre – MMXLII

Misty Copeland Becomes First African-American Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland has been promoted to Principal Ballerina, the highest rank in the American Ballet Theatre. She is the first African-American to hold this position in the company’s 75-year history.

After joining the American Ballet Theatre in 2001, she has been a leader and cultural phenomenon both inside and outside of the dance world. Her career has been a series of landmarks that have drawn attention outside the rarefied world of ballet. As the New York Times noted Tuesday, whenever Copeland danced leading roles with the company, “her performances became events, drawing large, diverse, enthusiastic crowds to cheer her on.”

Throughout her career, she has been judged as an unconventional dancer due to her size, body shape and the color of her skin. However, she persevered and broke barriers while being an inspiration to young, aspirational dancers everywhere.

Congrats, Misty!

Read and watch her interview here.

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