Misty Copeland Makes History at American Ballet Theatre

Once again, Misty Copeland is making history. The African-American ballerina has been promoted to the rank of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She is the first black female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history. Copeland joined ABT's corps de ballet in 2001, later becoming a soloist at the company in 2007. In 2014, she told the New Yorker that her next goal was "to become the first African-American principal dancer with ABT." One year later, here we are. It's been a year of firsts for the famous dancer, who also became the first black ballerina at ABT to star as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake. At the Kennedy Center in D.C., she and co-star Brooklyn Mack became the first African-Americans to star in Swan Lake together at the historic performance institution.