Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Ballerina at American Ballet Theater

TIME

The American Ballet Theater has promoted Misty Copeland to principal ballerina, making her the first black female principal ballerina in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland, who has been with the company for 14 years and danced as a soloist for 8, is one of the most widely visible ballerinas dancing today, with fame spreading far beyond the ballet world. She has written two books (Firebird, a children’s book, and Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, a memoir,) presented at the Tony’s, made an ad for Under Armour that got over 8 million views, and was honored this year as one of the TIME 100. Last week, she became the first African-American ballerina to dance Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House.

“Something that my mother instilled in me, as a biracial woman herself, and me being biracial, was that the world was going to view me as a black…

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One thought on “Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Ballerina at American Ballet Theater

  1. Great article but sad that we are still having to say “First Black” to any prominent position. Thank you Minus The Box for raising our consciousness and bringing the tough conversations to the forefront.

    Marie Sent from my iPhone

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