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Misty Copeland Makes History After Being Named Principal Dancer

Misty Copeland made history Tuesday when she was named the first African-American female principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history.

She made her "Swan Lake" debut last Wednesday at New York's Metropolitan Opera House.

Upon taking the stage, she became the first African American to dance the lead role of Odette/Odile in one of the most significant classical ballets, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Copeland's fans filled the Met, cheering exuberantly each time she took the stage and applauding graciously when she took her final bow.

Get to know more about Copeland by watching her MAKERS video above.

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