Misty Copeland, the 32-year-old ballerina has just been announced as the American Ballet Theatre’s new female principal dancer, becoming the first African-American woman to hold that title in the company’s 75-year-history. The news comes on the heels of her recent appointment as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake—also a first for an African-American ballerina with ABT—and the premiere of a documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, A Ballerina’s Tale, which explores her against-all-odds rise to the top of the dance world. Misty, discovered ballet at the “old” age of thirteen and became a part of the ABT at seventeen, is the embodiment of hard work and determination.
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