HER-STORY: Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Dancer At American Ballet Theater

Robert M Knight:

This is awesome. A long time coming.

Originally posted on News One:

Misty Copeland, Ballerina, American Ballet Theater Source: (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic) / Getty

Congratulations are in order.

One of the most famous African-American ballerinas just made history by becoming the first Black woman to hold the position of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Misty Copeland was promoted Tuesday after more than 14 years with the company, the New York Times reports. She spent eight of those years as a soloist, the site points out.

This isn’t Copeland’s first accomplishment this year by any means. The sculpted dancer, known for being vocal about the lack of representation and diversity in the company and in the realm of dancing in general, made the cover of TIME magazine just this year. She is also the subject of a documentary screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Times writes. And in addition to being known for a popular Under Armour ad, she has a base of followers on…

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HER-STORY: Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Dancer At American Ballet Theater