Ballet dancer Misty Copeland made history with a monumental promotion.
Today, the renowned talent was named one of the Female Principal Dancers with NYC’s American Ballet Theater. Most notably, she’s the first African-American dancer to hold the position at the company over the troupe’s 75-year history. Her promotion is well-deserved, having spent the past 14 years with A.B.T., 8 of those years as a soloist.
It’s been a monumental year for the Copeland. She was selected as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015, ranking among an elite field of influential artists, creators, entrepreneurs, scientists, tech pioneers, actors, musicians, politicians, and more. Time recognized Copeland for her contributions to dance, they also shared a quote from five-time Olympic Gold Medalist Nadia Comăneci who complimented Copeland as “a model for all young girls.” To add to that long list of accolades, Copeland has quickly amased over 500,000 followers on Instagram, and was featured in Under Armour’s “I WILL WHAT I WANT” campaign. And the year isn’t even over yet.
Misty’s made no secret of her desire to rise to the top spot at the American Ballet Theater. In her memoir, she went so far as to state, “My fears are that it could be another two decades before another black woman is in the position that I hold with an elite ballet company,” making her appointment to the principal dancer slot that much more powerful.
We’d like to formally congratulae Misty Copeland on her accomplishments as a dancer, a woman, and an amazing human. We look forward to seeing you inspire future generations of young women to chase their dreams. For info on Misty’s upcoming performances, visit the American Ballet Theater’s website.