Misty Copeland Is Making Ballet Cool Again
Ballerina Misty Copeland's recent promotion is just the latest pirouette in the star's career that is putting ballet back en pointe.By Katherine Biek | July 1, 2015
The American Ballet Theatre's promotion of Misty Copeland from soloist to principal dancer — making her the first African-American female to achieve this honor in the company's history — is a breath of fresh air for the dance industy.
And not just due to the color of her skin, even though diversity in the ranks of professional ballet companies has always been a much talked-about issue.
Just last year, the artistic director of Dance Theatre of Harlem told Pointe Magazine, "People still have not embraced the notion of diversity within this art form because it's always been seen as an exclusive art form."