Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Female Principal Dancer Ever in American Ballet Theater

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Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Female Principal Dancer Ever in American Ballet Theater

Misty Copeland has made history before our eyes, she was named a principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater.

This makes her the first African American woman to be in this position since the beginning of the company 75 years ago.

Copeland has not been shy about race issues in Ballet:

“My fears are that it could be another two decades before another black woman is in the position that I hold with an elite ballet company,” she wrote in her memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” published last year. “That if I don’t rise to principal, people will feel I have failed them.” (New York Times)