Author: Anti Defamation League
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Misty Copeland is a thirty-three year old ballerina who recently became the first African American performer to be appointed as a Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theater in its 75 year history. Copeland joined the studio company of American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 2000, becoming a soloist several years later and starring in a range of productions such as The Nutcracker and Firebird. The ballerina has written two autobiographical books; one for adults called Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, a New York Times best-selling memoir, and the award-winning children’s picture book Firebird.
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