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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