Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater

misty-copelandAfrican-American ballet dancer Misty Copeland has been steadily capturing the hearts of America since joining the American Ballet Theater company in 2001 and has just been appointed Principal Dancer -a first in the company’s 75-year history.

Off of the ballet stage, Misty has been busy racking up accolades and endorsements – she appeared in a Diet Dr Pepper commercial in 2010, danced on a piano as part of Prince’s 2010 tour, became the first ballet dancer to appear in an Under Armour ad in 2014, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015, and featured on the cover.

misty-copeland-time-magazine-coverMaybe this will boost ballet ticket sales, after all their audience is dying out and quite frankly the younger generations are too diverse to sit through Swan Lakes that don’t reflect themselves.

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