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Five Things To Know About Misty Copeland

1. Misty Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater's seventy-five year history. 

2. She didn't start ballet training until she was 13! 

3. She was told she had the wrong body for a ballet dancer, then she did this and everyone fell in love with her.

4. She was nearly homeless as a child. 

5. She spent most of her first year in the company on the sidelines due to a serious back injury.


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