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First black principal dancer a historic moment for American Ballet Theatre

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A profound moment in history was made Tuesday as Misty Copeland became the first black principal dancer of the prestigious American Ballet Theatre in New York.

Thirty-two year old Copeland started her ballet career at age 13 in the San Pedro City Ballet.

She became American Ballet Theatre's second-ever black soloist at the young age of 24.

The talented ballerina has performed many principal-level roles, the most recent as the female lead in "Romeo and Juliet."

She says when you are being prepared to be a principal dancer, you are given principal roles to test you and see if you are capable.

She starts her new role on August 1st.
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