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Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland Named First Ever Black Female Principle At The American Ballet Theatre

01/07/2015 13:26 BST | Updated 01/07/2015 13:59 BST

Misty Copeland is living proof that you should never give up on your dreams.

The American ballet dancer has just been named as the first female black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in its 75-year history.

The landmark announcement of Copeland's promotion was caught on camera by fellow dancer, Julie Kent.

Unsurprisingly, the 32-year-old was rather emotional when she heard the good news.



Copeland has been open about wanting to become a principle dancer at one of America's top companies for some time.

In her 2014 memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, she wrote: "My fears are that it could be another two decades before another black woman is in the position that I hold with an elite ballet company.

"That if I don't rise to principal, people will feel I have failed them."



As far as we're concerned, Copeland's promotion has been a long time coming.

Last year she wowed us (and about eight million other people on YouTube) when she starred in Under Armour's 'I Will What I Want' campaign video.

And early this year, she as featured on one of the five different covers for Time magazine's “100 most influential people” issue.

Commenting on Copeland's new position, Damian Woetzel, a former principal dancer for New York City Ballet, told the BBC: "In the racially under-represented world of ballet, Misty has already had an historic impact.

"Now, as a groundbreaking principal dancer, she will continue to inspire."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

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