Breaking Barriers in Ballet: Misty Copeland Set to Receive Trailblazer Award

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From the ballet Copelia.

Photo Credit: Naim Chidiac Abu Dhabi Festival / Wikimedia Commons

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Newswire Washington Correspondent

      Misty Copeland had the world of ballet standing still, when she made history as the first Black female principal dancer to the prestigious American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 2015, just months after becoming the first Black woman to perform the lead role of “Odette” in ABT’s coveted “Black Swan” in the winter of 2014.

Determined to shatter the glass ceilin...