Misty Copeland and her rise atop the ranks of the competitive world of ballet has been one barrier-shattering moment after another.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Copeland became the first African-American Principal Ballerina at theAmerican Ballet Theatre.

Copeland was joined by Stella Abrera, Alban Lendorf, and Maria Kochetkova as principal dancers for the ABT, which is one of the top three ballet companies in the world.

Copeland recently made headlines after the New York debut of “Swan Lake” last week at the Metropolitan Opera House, the ABT’s main performance venue. It was rumored then that Copeland would be promoted to principal dancer status, especially given the rave reviews of her portrayal of Odette/Odile.

Naturally, the entire world is curious about the 32-year-old ballet standout and NewsOne has compiled 15 facts you should know about the dazzling Misty Copeland.

1. Copeland was born on September 10, 1982 in Kansas City, Mo. She was raised in Gardena, Calif. and San Pedro, Calif.

2. Copeland took up ballet at the age of 13, which is considered a late start for ballerinas in training.

3. At 15, Copeland won a first place Music Center Spotlight Award, which recognizes talented high school students across a variety of fields.

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source: Newsone.com


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