From Kansas, Missouri, Misty Copeland is only 32 years old, and she is one the most successful ballet dancers in the world. On June 30th, 2015, she was just promoted as principal dancer at American Ballet theatre. You go girl!
Misty also became the first African-American woman to be named a principal in the 75-year history of American Ballet Theater. This is a very important accomplishment, as Black women and men are extremely underrepresented in ballet.
According to an interview with NPR, Misty talked about her struggle as a black woman in ballet. Her aesthetics just didn't fit in, and critics questioned her body type. Critics would say that African-American body types are too muscular, or not lean enough. But she finally pushed through, and made history.
"This has been my dream since I was 13, to be a principal dancer and reach these heights."
"But it hasn't been overnight," she added at a hastily arranged news conference — a rarity for a ballet promotion.