Dear ABT: Promote Misty Copeland To Principal Dancer

It would seem that the ballet world is in a tizzy as speculation runs rampant throughout the community that Misty Copeland, soloist at American Ballet Theater, Underarmour spokeswoman and all-around impressive force of nature and womanhood, is possibly up for promotion. If Copeland is promoted to principal dancer, she’d be the first Black woman to have the role at ABT in 75 years. According to The Wall Street Journal, she’d join just a handful of black women who managed to crack the lily-white upper ranks of ballet elite. Copeland moved from corps de ballet member to soloist in just four years. She performs contemporary choreography just as well as she does classical, and her strength and beauty is thrilling to watch. This is an accomplishment in and of itself, but Copeland shouldn’t be promoted just because of her race. Promote Misty Copeland because she’s a talented, tireless, beautiful dancer. Promote her because she’s fucking good at her job. Here are the receipts.

Here’s her closing out the Arsenio Hall Show in 2014, with a spectacular contemporary performance.

Watch her slay this pas de deux as the Sugar Plum Fairy from “The Nutcracker.” Keep in mind that this woman is 5′ 2″. Look at those lines!

This is her UnderArmour commercial, which is actually wonderful.

And, here’s seven minutes of her in a gorgeous black leotard, bodying some modern choreo while a man plays a violin on stage.

[WSJ]