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Congratulations to Misty Copeland! The beautiful ballerina has been named a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater.

Copeland is the first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history! But, it seems as though Misty may have predicted this moment would come — or at the very least, has been working her butt off to make sure it happened.

The determined dancer sat down with HipHollywood a short time ago and revealed that becoming a principal ballerina with ABT was her main priority. “To be able to stand alone and hold an entire ballet on my shoulders as a Black women at the Metropolitan Opera House that’s my goal,” Misty stated.

Welp mission accomplished! The news of Misty’s promotion, along with six other dancers, was announced on Tuesday. ABT’s artistic director, Kevin McKenzie released this statement.

“Seven amazing dancers from American Ballet Theatre were promoted today. Each has demonstrated the talent and hard work needed to succeed in a highly competitive environment. I couldn’t be prouder.”

After 14 years with the ABT, eight of which were as a soloist, this promotion is well deserved. Congrats again, Misty!

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