Misty Copeland Could Make History at American Theatre Ballet

Speculation is circulating that Misty Copeland could be promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

If promoted, Copeland will become the first black woman to reach the company's top rank.

Copeland was accepted into American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in September 2000, and is the company's first African-American female soloist in two decades.

The Wall Street Journal reported that new principals are typically announced at the end of the company's run at the Metropolitan Opera House – coming this season on July 4.

As a soloist, she's just one level below principal dancer. But Copeland is dancing principal roles. Last week, she danced as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet."

She will dance the lead role in "Swan Lake" for the first time with Ballet Theatre at the Met on Wednesday. She was also one of three rotating leads in "Firebird." 

But competition is fierce. There are five female soloists at the company and five female guest headliners, which can limit opportunity.

“Being African-American has pushed me to work harder than I might have if I didn't have that obstacles," she told The Wall Street Journal in December. "If I had to stop today, I would be so proud of what I've done."

Learn more about her story in the video above.

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