Misty Copeland has already proven how much of a badass athlete she is| but today she became more of an inspiration than ever. She just became the first African-American principal dancer in the incredibly prestigious American Ballet Theatre| a 78-year-old company with which she’s been dancing for over 14 years (eight of those years as a soloist). In case you’re unfamiliar with ballet| the title of principal dancer is the highest rank within a professional dance company ¡ª an amazing feat for any dancer| but especially Misty| who throughout her early career experienced harsh criticism about her unconventional looks| which she touched on last year in a powerful Under Armour ad.
The emotional moment of Misty’s promotion was captured in the Instagram video below by well-known ballerina Julie Kent| who retired this month after being a principal dancer with the ABT for 22 years.
Exciting promotions at ABT this morning!! Misty Copeland| Principal Dancer!!! ?? #MistyCopeland #ballerina #weloveyou
Under Armour released a statement| saying| “Under Armour is incredibly proud of Misty| who continues to break barriers and change the world’s view of what it means to be a world-class ballerina. This is a woman who is driven not by her detractors| but by her desire to be great. Misty has proven to be a true trailblazer| whose passion for her art is only matched by the intensity of her will| and we are excited to celebrate this historical achievement.”
Image Source: Under Armour