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.
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Against The Odds: How This Orphan From Sierra Leone Became A Famous Ballerina
"Michaela Deprince does not look like the “typical” 17 year old ballet dancer. At 5’4″, she is shorter and more muscular than most ballet dancers. She is also from Sierra Leone and all three of these are noted “problems” (with the admitted race and body type issues in ballet) for someone who just wants to dance. But that isn’t stopping her at all." --Madame Noire