Misty Copeland makes history as first black principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre

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Our constant celebration of Black Girl Flyness and Excellence has made us a a STAN for Misty Copeland. The Black ballerina and prominent athlete was promoted to principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre. This achievement has earned Copeland a place in history, becoming the first African-American ballerina to reach the prestigious dance company's highest position. We've long admired Misty's grace, poise and her amazing athleticism. Her presence in ballet, an industry that often highlights slender, white ballerinas, has been an inspiration to many. She's shared with the Washington Post:

"I haven’t come from the typical path or background of someone who would make it to this level as a ballerina. When it came to my childhood—growing up in a single-parent home, often struggling financially—my mother definitely instilled in me and my siblings this strength, this will, to just continue to survive and succeed."

Her courage and perseverance is commendable and has reaped major rewards. Congratulations, Misty!

Check out our past InstaTributes to Misty:

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