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Misty Copeland: Late starter in ballet (she began at 13) and was repeatedly told she had the 'wrong body' but in 2007 she became the first African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in two decades.

Janet Collins was the first and only African American to become Prima Ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1951). That was almost 65 years ago and she alone today still holds that accomplishment.


Misty Copeland Named First Black Principal Ballerina at American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland made history in 2007 by becoming the third African American female soloist and the first in two decades at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States.

from HelloGiggles

Why Misty Copeland dancing 'Swan Lake' is kind of a big deal

Last week, the Washington Ballet announced that badass ballerina Misty Copeland will make her American debut in Swan Lake with the company in April. Misty Copeland is everywhere lately. She’s onstage with the American Ballet Theatre as only the third black soloist — and the first in two decades — in the company’s 75-year history. She’s on our television screens, as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance, and showing us that ballet is indeed a sport in her breathtaking Under Amour ...

from Vintage Black Beauties

Dancer and choreographer Pearl Primus, PhD

Pearl Primus, danseuse américaine dans le ballet African ceremonial, 1945, photo: Gerda Peterich More

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Dear Misty Copeland.... Thank You

Beautiful black ballerina-Misty Copeland

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Ballerinas in rehearsal. "The First Negro Ballet" [The First American Negro Ballet] (1937).