Misty Copeland is out here making history like it’s nothing! The gorgeous ballerina just got promoted as a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater. Copeland has spent the last eight years as a soloist for the company.
For days, social media has been buzzing with pictures of Copeland being embraced by Lauren Anderson and Raven Wilkinson, after one of her performances as the lead, Odette/Odile, in Swan Lake. Copeland made history in this role as well, as she and her co-star, Brooklyn Mack, were the first black pair to perform as the lead roles in a mainstream production of Swan Lake. Anderson was the first African-American principal dancer at Houston Ballet and Wilkinson is the famed dancer of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from the 1950s.
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Copeland has long spoken out about her goals to make it as a principal dancer for the company. It’s also no secret that black women struggle to get lead roles—if roles at all—in the ballet world, so we’re all super excited about her big win. Congrats, Misty!
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1. What a smile! Misty Copeland rocks the "92nd Street Y Presents: In Conversation With Misty Copeland And Amy Astley" red carpet in army green.Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. Doug Ellin and Director Kevin Connolly were spotted having a good time at the "Johnnie for Johnnie" event.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. Annoyed much? Tyga was spotted arriving at Cirque Le Soir ahead of a scheduled performance.Source:Splash News 3 of 10
4. Three's a crowd! Robin Wright, Kevin Spacey, and Michael Kelly hit up Netflix's "House Of Cards" Q&A screening event.Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. Dakota Fanning shows us how to work it at the "Every Secret Thing" premiere in NYC.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. Combat Jack and Raekwon pose for a quick flick at Rae's listening session in NYC.Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. He got game! Kendrick Lamar was seen putting in work at Monday's Dodgers Game.Source:Splash News 7 of 10
8. Khloe Kardashian shows a fan some love at LAX airport.Source:Splash News 8 of 10
9. Olivia Munn was red hot as she left dinner at Craig's restaurant in a floral mini-dress.Source:Splash News 9 of 10
10. Get 'em girl! Scarlett Johansson was seen looking picture perfect while visiting the "Late Show with David Letterman."Source:Splash News 10 of 10
Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Dancer At ABT was originally published on hellobeautiful.com