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American Ballet Theatre Names Misty Copeland First Black Principal Dancer

Misty Copeland, a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, will become its first African-American female principal ballerina, the dance company, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, said on Tuesday. Copeland, 32, joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and has been a soloist with the prestigious dance company since 2007. She was among several dancers given new roles at a meeting the company held on Tuesday. The Kansas City-born dancer follows in the footsteps of Desmond...

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