30
Jun
2015

Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Female Principal at American Ballet Theatre

Written by thejasminebrand in Blog
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I her memoir, she wrote:

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. That if I don’t rise to principal, people will feel I have failed them.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

She also was the subject of a documentary at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Misty is the first black ballerina to be named principal at ABT, and the second black dancer overall. Desmond Richardson, a black male dancer, was a principal with the company in 1977-1978, and returned as a guest artist later. [Associated Press]

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