Misty Copeland leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet

June 30, 2015 11:37 PM

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NEW YORK Misty Copeland on Tuesday became the first African-American female principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre in the dance company's 75-year history.

Copeland, 32, joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and has been a soloist with the prestigious company since 2007.

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