Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Dancer At American Ballet Theater

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30COPELANDWEB1-master675-v2Misty Copeland has been named a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater.  After 75 years, the company has its first ever female African-American principal dancer.

Copeland, 32, joined ABT’s studio company in September 2000. She’s has had numerous lead roles in productions, but was never granted the title of a principal dancer, until yesterday (June 30.)

Copeland has a large fan base on social media, as well as crowds supporting her when she dances on the Metropolitan Opera House stage.  She has been on the cover of TIME magazine, and has a story on 60 Minutes.

This is a monumental moment for female African-American dancers everywhere.  Congratulations, Misty!

The ballerina’s special moment was captured on Instagram, see below.