Misty Copeland has just been promoted to a principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theater, the first African-American woman (in all of ABT’s 75 years) to have been given this position. To celebrate Misty, her amazing talent, and all her hard work, we’ve compiled for you some vids of her performances (spoiler: they’re gorgeous).

We hope that Misty’s promotion is the beginning of a larger shift in the demographic makeup of classical ballet in the United States. Get ready to be blown away:


Queen of the Dryads:


The Under Armour commercial:

Derek Hough choreography:
Don Quixote:

We are in awe, Misty.

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(Via The New York Times)

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