Stars Celebrate Misty Copeland Becoming First African-American Female Principal Dancer For American Ballet Theatre

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Misty Copeland First African American Principal Dancer

By Shari Weiss |

Misty Copeland First African American Principal Dancer

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Misty Copeland made history on Tuesday when she was announced as the first-ever African-American female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre.

In the company’s 75 years, Copeland is only the second black dancer overall. In 1977-1078, Desmond Richardson was a black male principal dancer. But before his one-year run and since then, no black dancers were given one of the prestigious positions until now, making her ABT’s first black principal ballerina.

The new comes less than a week after Copeland received raves for her debut in Swan Lake, and less than two months after she scored the cover of Time as one of the magazine’s 2015 “Most Influential People.” To others, Copeland may be best known for her guest-judging stints on “So You Think You Can Dance.” And now celebrities are taking to Twitter to celebrate her latest accomplishment.

Star Jones tweeted, “YAY! What an amazing day for #DIVERSITYandINCLUSION.” She went on to write, “On the phone with @susanfaleshill crying tears of joy for @mistyonpointe & all the little girls she will inspire!” Laverne Cox was also emotional, writing, “Tears of joy. Congrats @mistyonpointe on your promotion to principal dancer at #ABT #inspiration #historymakers.”

Meanwhile, Debra Messing exclaimed, “WOW!!!!!!!! History is made AGAIN!! What a week! So much to celebrate.” Arsenio Hall simply declared, “BRAVO!” Katie Couric wrote, “Congratulations to @mistyonpointe on her promotion to principal dancer at @ABTBallet!” Mia Farrow tweeted, “Congratulations to the brilliant @mistyonpointe first black female principal dancer at American Ballet Theater.”

“Brava to @mistyonpointe on her historic promotion to principal dancer at American Ballet Theater! Go sis!!!!” wrote Alicia Keys. Larry King posted on his page, “Congrats to Misty Copeland on her well deserved promotion at @ABTBallet. It’s about time!” New “SYTYCD” judge Paula Abdul tweeted, “Congratulations to the irrefutably inspirational, magnificent @mistyonpointe of @ABTBallet! xoxoP” And even Hillary Clinton’s account posted, “Just pinned to our ‘Women Who Inspire’ board: the newest principal ballerina at @ABTBallet. Congrats, @mistyonpointe!”

Anna Faris amusingly wrote, “A historic day for incredible women. Also my legs look exactly like Misty’s legs — please don’t tell — this is her day.” Taraji P. Henson and Solange both opted for applause emojis. And Reggie Watts, currently the band leader on the “Late Late Show with James Corden,” posted, “Go @mistyonpointe go!!” Gossip Cop will update with more congrats as they pour in.


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