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Celebrities congratulate KC-born ballerina Misty Copeland after historic promotion

Misty Copeland, right, and Brooklyn Mack rehearse "Swan Lake" at the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington in April. Copeland made history on Tuesday when she was promoted to principal dancer of the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American ballerina to reach the elite dance company's top rank.
Misty Copeland, right, and Brooklyn Mack rehearse "Swan Lake" at the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington in April. Copeland made history on Tuesday when she was promoted to principal dancer of the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American ballerina to reach the elite dance company's top rank. The Washington Post/Associated Press

As news spread that Misty Copeland had been named a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre – the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company’s history – social media showered her with praise.

Copeland – born in Kansas City and raised in Los Angeles – has long been a champion of making ballet more diverse. She received the promotion just a few days after making her New York debut to raves in the role of Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake.”

Fellow celebrities were quick to acknowledge her achievement.

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