Misty Copeland Becomes ABT’s First Black Female Principal Dancer

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On Tuesday, American Ballet Theatre announced that 32-year-old Misty Copeland, who grew up in San Pedro, had been promoted to principal dancer. This makes Copeland the first African American woman to ascend to the top rank in the elite ballet company. Copeland has been a soloist in the company since 2007, taking the leads in “Firebird” and “Swan Lake.”

The ballerina got her start at 13, dancing at the Boys and Girls Club in San Pedro, and at 15 she won a Music Center Spotlight Award. She recently appeared in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People issue.

We think the viral ad she did for Under Armour—dancing to a voice-over of her reading a rejection letter says it all …

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