The American Ballet Theatre made history this week.

For the first time in its history, a black female will play a principal role. Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre. This makes Copeland the first African-American woman to hold that title since the company opened 75 years ago.

Copeland was raised in Southern California, beginning her ballet training at the San Pedro City Ballet. She then moved to study at the Lauridsen Ballet Center in Torrance. Since then, she has performed at the American Ballet Theatre, winning numerous awards.

Copeland was also chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most influential people this year, gracing one of the five different covers made for the issue.

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