Misty Copeland Makes History as the First Black Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater


Yo go girl! A major congratulations to American dancer Misty Copeland for becoming the very first Black dancer in American Ballet Theater history!

Copeland, who has garnered national attention over the years, joined the American Ballet Theatre in April 2001. She began dancing at the age of 13, which most consider a late start. But that didn’t stop Misty. She pressed on.

After being appointed a soloist in 2007, she became more vocal about her desire to become the first black woman to be named a principal dancer at the company. Since then, Copeland has become the main attraction, the NY times noting her ability to get butts in seats.

“..her performances became events, drawing large, diverse, enthusiastic crowds to cheer her on.”

She, much like President Obama has given us hope. She made us believe that we could do anything we put our minds to, even if we WERE “the wrong color.”

A champion in so many ways, and for so many things, Misty Copeland is truly a force to be reckoned with. I’m excited for her, proud of her, and I can’t wait to see what she does next. Congrats!



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