Misty Copeland is now the first African American female principal dancer ever in the 75 year history of American Ballet Theatre. We are so proud that she realized her dream and according to CNN:
American dancer Misty Copeland, a cultural phenomenon outside the dance world, has been promoted to the highest rank of the American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history.
The American Ballet Theatre announced the news Tuesday in a slew of promotions at one of the country’s top ballet companies
Misty has been very honest about wanting this promotion over the years, and in her memoir she shared very candidly what it meant to her.
“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,” she wrote in her memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” published in 2014. “That if I don’t rise to principal, people will feel I have failed them.”
Her story is very beneficial to everyone but especially to the little girl tieing up her ballet shoes wondering if she could ever be like Misty.
The truth is you can, because Misty proved that you can do anything with hard work including breaking molds and creating history. Via Cnn:
Copeland was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015 and was featured on one of five covers for the issue. Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci wrote in Time that Copeland’s story was one “of someone who followed her dreams and refused to give up.”
“In that way, she is a model for all young girls,” Comaneci wrote. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from. If you have the passion like Misty, you can be the best at what you do.”
Congratulations Misty, well deserved!