Woman making history puts us in a good place, especially when they struggle through adversity and break down barriers. This week’s #WCW is dedicated to Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who paved the way for black ballerina’s everywhere. On Tuesday, it was announced that Copeland would be the first black principal dancer at American Ballet Theater (ABT), a status no other black female ballerina has accomplished in the school’s 75 year history.
Not only has Copeland achieved a status no other black ballerina has achieved at ABT, she has also made ground-breaking achievements in capturing audiences in the pop culture world, bringing much needed attention to the world of ballet. According to Wendy Perron, an author and former editor of Dance magazine she said, “we haven’t had a ballet dancer who has broken through to popular culture like this since Mikhail Baryshnikov.”
Copeland has hosted Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” appeared on Time magazine’s list of top influential people of 2015, wrote a childrens book and a best selling memoir: Life In Motion, and recently appeared as Odette in Swan Lake, one of the most important performances in a ballerina’s career. Perron also noted that Copeland’s historic Swan Lake performance single-handedly drew the most diverse crowd the Metropolitan Opera House has seen. It was after this tear-jerking performance that the announcement of her dancer principal position at ABT was made public.
We are crushing HARD over this beauty, not just because of her amazing dancer body, or her pretty face, but because of the doors she has opened for young black ballerina’s across the country. This is an amazing achievement, and a huge congrats is in order to Misty!