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San Pedro names a public square for Misty Copeland

SAN PEDRO — The intersection adjacent to San Pedro City Ballet was dedicated Dec. 21 as Misty Copeland Square, honoring the American Ballet Theatre’s first black female principal dancer. Copeland began training at San Pedro City Ballet when she was 13 years old. City Councilman Joe Buscaino called Copeland “a role model to women and Read More…

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Black ballerina’s promotion tells kids, ‘I can do that one day’

LOS ANGELES – For thousands of young African Americans who live to dance, the American Ballet Theater’s promotion of black ballerina Misty Copeland to principal dancer last week was confirmation that they, too, can achieve their dreams. Just ask Elicia Clayton, a 17-year-old visiting dancer at the prestigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) in Baldwin Read More…

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Ballet Theatre promotes black dancer to top spot

NEW YORK — American dancer Misty Copeland, a cultural phenomenon outside the dance world, has been promoted to the highest rank of the American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history. The American Ballet Theatre announced the news June 30 among several other promotions at one of the Read More…