A Breakthrough at New York Ballet Company

July 1, 2015 3:35 AM

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Misty Copeland has been promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first black woman named to the elite role.

NEW YORK—Misty Copeland was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday, making her one of the few women of color to rise to the top in classical ballet in the U.S.

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