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Dance: Misty Copeland Makes History as ABT’s First Black Ballerina Named Principal

This photo provided by American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland and James Whiteside acknowledge the audience after appearing  in "Swan Lake" at the Metropolitan Opera House on June 24, 2015. It was Copeland's New York debut in the lead role. (Gene Schiavone/American Ballet Theater via AP)

This photo provided by American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland and James Whiteside acknowledge the audience after appearing in “Swan Lake” at the Metropolitan Opera House on June 24, 2015. It was Copeland’s New York debut in the lead role. (Gene Schiavone/American Ballet Theater via AP)

It’s official.

Less than a week after her groundbreaking appearance as the lead in American Ballet Theatre’s “Swan Lake” at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, Misty Copeland was officially named on June 30 a principal dancer, becoming the first African American woman to achieve that rank in ABT’s 75-year history.

Needless to say, there have been tons of stories about her achievement.

Here are links to some of the coverage:

CBS News Report

Copeland Press Conference

New York Times

This photo provided by American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland and James Whiteside appear in "Swan Lake" at the Metropolitan Opera House on June 24, 2015. It was Copeland's New York debut in the lead role. (Gene Schiavone/American Ballet Theater via AP)

This photo provided by American Ballet Theater, Misty Copeland and James Whiteside appear in “Swan Lake” at the Metropolitan Opera House on June 24, 2015. It was Copeland’s New York debut in the lead role. (Gene Schiavone/American Ballet Theater via AP)

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