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Misty Copeland Brings New Fans to Ballet she dances, they will come.

Misty Copeland is disrupting age-old clichés about who makes up ballet audiences.

By now, New Yorkers are familiar with the phenomenon of Copeland — who two years ago became the first African-American in two decades to dance as a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre. Since then, you’ve probably seen her in Under Armour commercials, or heard about her movie deal or best-selling memoir.

And thanks to Copeland, 32, the crowds filling the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center are undergoing a major change.


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