Boys & Girls Clubs of America congratulates Misty Copeland on her promotion to Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. She is the first African-American female to achieve that position in the company’s 75-year history.

Misty attended the San Pedro Boys & Girls Club in California, where she first danced in the Club gymnasium when she was 13. Within four years, she’d joined the American Ballet Theatre. In 2012, Misty was inducted into the BGCA Alumni Hall of Fame. Today she is an active Boys & Girls Club advocate, and has served as official ambassador for the National Youth of the Year program.

On behalf of the more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs around the country and the nearly 4 million youth they serve, we thank Misty for showing us how Boys & Girls Clubs enable kids to realize great futures every day.

Watch Misty talk about her Club Experience »

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