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Raven Wilkinson, the first black woman to receive a contract with a major ballet company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo of NYC, and Misty Copeland, the first black female soloist for ABT in over 20 years

Representation Matters: Misty Copeland & Raven Wilkinson “I think that our life choices often reflect how we see ourselves and if we see ourselves.

The Principal Dancer Who Shattered the Glass Ceiling -- Misty Copeland is breaking down barriers in the ballet world.

Some say the ballet world has perpetuated an unrealistic ideal. As a result, many adults are reluctant to try ballet because they are self-conscious about their body.

And, something magical...Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi, photo by Erin Baiano, Vail Valley Foundation via Flickr.

Misty Copeland & Alexandre Hammoudi perform the Romeo and Juliet pas de deux at the International Evening of Dance II program of the 2015 Vail International Dance Festival.

American Ballet Theater performing "Giselle" at Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday night, May 23, 2015.

Overachieving Ballerina Gets Overdue Promotion

American Ballet Theater performing "Giselle" at Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday night, May

American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland in 'The Nutcracker' - Photo by Doug Gifford

Mobile Web - Entertainment - Misty Copeland to return to Costa Mesa in December for 3 nights of & Nutcracker&

Misty Copeland in La Bayadère (Photo by Rosalie O'Connor)

Congrats Misty Copeland for being the first African American principal dancer at ABT Misty Copeland in La Bayadère (Photo by Rosalie O'Connor)

Ballet Stage Costume P 0506A For Peasant-Pas De Deux 1 Act

It is a professional stage costume, which is made on the basis of the professional basic romantic tutu .