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Misty Copeland Makes History As ABT's First Black Principle Dancer And Swan Queen
Photo: Misty Copeland by Gregg Delman

Misty Copeland has made history. She has become the first African-American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in New York. Misty’s rise to fame has been meteoric to say the least. Her life story and determination resonates with many–at least a few million of us as evident by her virally popular Under Armor ad professing her willfulness and to move past “no.” Her promotion to principal dancer as well as the lead for the Swan Queen is a huge step in the ballet world–one known to not be as accepting of body types that aren’t’ waif thin or simply white.

Misty has always been very open about the racism and race-base challenges of being a dancer of color, but never let those who said she’d never make it stop her. In her memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” Misty wrote about her fears of not becoming principle and letting people down because of it. Those fears would never materialize. Misty has risen. Misty is a graceful and bold dancer and black woman with undeniable fortitude and strength that’s breaking down barriers and opening doors for women who want to follow in her footsteps. #BeautyInOurReflection

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