Rising star Misty Copeland makes history as the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.
When she discovered ballet, however, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer.
- Born February 2, 1935
- Began dancing at the age of 5
- Faced racial discrimination, but continued to persist
- 1st Black woman to dance for a major ballet theater
- Mentor for @mistyonpointe
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