Misty Copeland Promoted to Principal Ballerina

Not only will Misty Copeland enter the history books as one of most famous Black ballerinas of the last half-century, but she’ll also be recognized as the first African-American principle dancer of the American Ballet Theater.

Her most recent feat is one of the many milestones the star has achieved since joining the 75-year-old company 14 years ago. Performing as a soloist with the prestigious troupe for nearly a decade, she scored another first last week when she starred in Swan Lake – making her the only African-American to do so with the ensemble at the Met.

This past April, the 32-year-old graced the cover of Time magazine, and 60 Minutes profiled her the following month.

In her memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, which was released last year, she said, “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.”

Thanks to her incredibly inspirational journey, we’re hopeful that her fears will not be realized. Cheers to you, Ms. Copeland!