History-making ballerina visits Houston

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HOUSTON, TX – The first African-American principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre visited Houston on Monday.

Misty Copeland spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,000 people at Houston’s Kingdom Builder’s Center. She appeared with Lauren Anderson, a trailblazer with the Houston Ballet, who was the first black principal ballerina in the country.

“There weren’t many people like me,” says Copeland of diversity in ballet. “There aren’t many brown faces out there in the classical ballet world and to find out there are people like Lauren, who created this path for me, that is what inspires me.”

Copeland, who started dancing pretty late in life, was often called a prodigy when she was younger. She says it wasn’t until she was older that she noticed how few dancers of color there were in ballet.