Misty Copeland named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre

July 1, 2015 7:01 AM

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Named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre yesterday, she became the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company's 75-year history.

The theatre announced the promotion five days after Copeland made her New York debut in the role of Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake." The emotional performance - finally a real black swan - ended with trailblazing black ballerinas of earlier generations greeting Copeland on stage.

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