Misty Copeland Is Now The First Black Female Principal Dancer At American Ballet Theatre

After much public discussion, Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, the New York Times reports. Copeland is the first Black woman to be principal dancer in ABT’s 75-year history, which is astonishing when you think about how long 75 goddamn years is.

Does she deserve this coveted position? Yes. That’s not even a question. She is 32 years old, and has had about four careers in the span of a normal person’s one meandering trajectory. She has that Underarmour deal. She wrote a book. She was on “60 Minutes.” Nadia Comaneci wrote a little ditty about her for TIME. She is an exceptional ballerina who is doing an awful lot of good for an occasionally-fussy art that has long been seen as an exclusive club lacking in diversity.

Also, please note that the Times reported there were literal mobs of people outside the stage door after her debut in Swan Lake. Mobs of people. For ballet. Misty, you deserve every moment of this. Cherish it. [NY Times]