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American Ballet Theatre Promotes Misty Copeland to Principal Dancer, Making Her the First Black Woman to Hold Position

Bill Hutchinson | New York Daily News   in  ·
June 30, 2015

In a historic move, the American Ballet Theatre promoted Misty Copeland to principal dancer, making her the first African-American woman to rise to the position in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland’s promotion was announced Tuesday by the New York City-based ballet company. Copeland, 32, who has been with the prestigious group for 14 years, was promoted to principal dancer along with Stella Abrera.

Their promotions will become effective August 1.

“Stella Abrera and Misty Copeland have been promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre,” the company said in an announcement on its website.


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