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Misty Copeland Makes History as American Ballet Theater's First Black Female Principal Dancer

Talk about a promotion.

Breakout ballerina Misty Copeland, the trailblazing, thirty-two-year-old African-American wunderkind of the ballet world, has just been moved up as a principal dancer at American Ballet Theater, according to a statement made by the famed company this Tuesday.

This makes Copeland, who may very well be the most famous female dancer in the United States at the moment, the first African-American female principal dancer in ABT's seventy-five-year history.

Copeland has steadily become one of the most sought-after performing artists in the world. This year alone, she was voted among Time's 100 Most Influential People and served as the star subject of Nelson George's recent documentary profile A Ballerina's Tale, which made its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.

Copeland has also been one of the most candid and compelling voices on race in America, one whose openness about her own experiences in the ballet industry and beyond is helping to open doors for ballerinas of all colors and backgrounds.