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Misty Copeland is the first African-Descent American in 20 years to be a soloist in New York’s American Ballet Theatre.

First African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre.

Misty Copeland - 1st African-American female soloist in 20yrs with American Ballet Theater.

Misty Copeland is an American ballerina, described by many as a prodigy who rose to ballet stardom despite not starting until the age of 13. She’s the third African-American ballerina and first in two decades with American Ballet Theatre.

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Ballet Star Misty Copeland Talks Overcoming Racism and Body Shaming on Her Way to the Top

Ballet Star Misty Copeland Talks Overcoming Racism and Body Shaming on Her Way to the Top #alvasbfm #mistycopeland #dance #ballerina

ABT, American Ballet Theatre, first black female soloist in 2 decades; Misty Copeland.

I <3 Misty Copeland. She is curvy, African American, and first took classes at age 13 at the boys and girls club. Is there a ballet stereotype that she hasn't shattered?