Misty Copeland Becomes the First African-American Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre

Referring to herself as an unlikely ballerina, Copeland defied the odds and the critics to break barriers and reach new heights.
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Transcript for Misty Copeland Becomes the First African-American Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre
Young American dancer with that powerful message to the critics who said. She'd never be a star now making history ABC's Mara -- up a cop. Oh yeah. And low income students shared aren't instant. Cancer misty Copeland celebrated with her fellow didn't fit after burning up for a promotion and coming. First African American female principal in the American ballet theater's 75 year history. The highest honor for a performer. And Jeanne have been PT. Since I was thirteen hands. In the 2 PM principles known phrase is reaching those. Hate us. Call herself an unlikely ballerina the 32 year old didn't even begin dancing until she was thirteen. Old for ballet and was often told she with all wrong for as she shared with our David York what did you hear. And block we don't exist in the college world. I'm too much killer and keep. My practice today. Six kids raised by a single mother she gracefully leapt over countless obstacles becoming one of the most famous ballerinas in the country even inking a sports apparel endorsement deal with under armour. A new kind of ballet star now preparing for her next to act. Morris give a come bought ABC news New York. Congratulations. And thank you for watching I mean he Roebuck I'll see you tomorrow for Good Morning America. For David and all of us here at ABC news good night.

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