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Misty Copeland becomes the first African American woman to lead the American Ballet Theater!


By now, even those of you who aren’t into dance have probably heard of Misty Copeland. The 32-year-old ballerina has made headlines before for landing amazing roles in the unfortunately-not-very-diverse ballet world. She was also the first African American woman to dance the lead in “Swan Lake” at the Metropolitan Opera.  

Misty’s story is extra inspiring because she had a very rough childhood and didn’t start doing ballet until she was 13, which is much later than most pro dancers start.

Today, Misty made major ballet history by being promoted to principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theater, a title no black woman has held before. While she is undoubtedly very honored and excited, Misty also says she feels a lot of pressure being the first black woman to take on these roles, because she feels like future generations will be judged based on how she does.  

We know Misty will do great, and hope she will start a trend of more racially diverse dance companies!

Are you a Misty Copeland fan? Do you dream of dancing?

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by Katy Herman | 2/1/2016