Misty Copeland Engaged After Becoming First Black Principal Ballerina At American Ballet Theatre [Video]

Misty Copeland is engaged. And Misty, who just has been soaring to her goal of educating the world on what it means to be a black ballet dancer, feels that her life is soaring as well, reported Rolling Out.

“I can’t believe my life right now,” said Copeland.

Engaged to Olu Evans, Misty reflected on her desire to help the public become enamored of ballet and to expose more people to the excitement and entertainment available through ballet performances.

“I wanted this type of exposure for the dance community. I wanted it to be an opportunity for me to educate people and get them to become ballet fans and to educate them on what it means to be a black dancer — a black ballet dancer.”

With Copeland’s body refined for her ballet performances, Misty is dreaming of the perfect wedding gown. Now that Copeland is engaged, she’s ready to plan a romantic outfit.

“I’d like to show my figure, somewhat—romantic and elegant,” said Misty.

Copeland noted that as a ballerina, she wears extravagant costumes in some performances. Consequently, Misty wants something different for her walk down the aisle.

“I want to feel like myself—but more beautiful than I do every day,” added Copeland of her ideal wedding dress.

As the Inquisitr reported, Copeland earned a place in ballet history when she became the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), which has existed for 75 years.

After joining the ballet company in 2001, Misty became a soloist in 2007. Copeland never hid her longing to change history by earning her place as a principal dancer. Copeland drew young people to the theater with youthfully eager fans heading there to watch her when the American Ballet Theatre also chose her as its first African-American dancer to take the lead role in “Swan Lake.”

And now, in addition to her excitement over being engaged, Misty is set to debut on Broadway later this month in On the Town, reported USA Today.

The opportunity comes just after Copeland saw herself listed as Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

But Misty also revealed that she struggles to cope with criticism. Some write negative comments on social media, and she ponders the issue of whether there also is racism involved.

“I read things like, ‘You have hideous legs,’ or ‘You shouldn’t be wearing a tutu — you’re too muscular,'” revealed Misty. “I think there’s something subconscious involved. Some people see the color of my skin and just think, ‘She’s not right.’ That’s part of it.”

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