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First ABT African-American principal female dancer inspires young girls to dance

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A New York ballerina made history when the American Ballet Theater promoted her.

Misty Copeland is the company's first African-American female principal dancer in its 75-year history.

Copeland's accomplishment is inspiring young dancers all over the country to point their toes and grand jeté all the way to the top.

"She is very inspiring," said 12-year-old Joy Huff. "I usually watch her videos on Youtube."

For ballet students like Huff, Copeland is a hero.

"She really inspired me to keep going, because sometimes you just think to yourself like, 'I'm different,'" Huff explained. "But it doesn't really matter. Just do what you love to do."

Joy's mother agreed and said Copeland's success will open the door for other African-American girls who want to dance for the American Ballet Theater or similar companies.

"I really do, I really think so," added Joy's mother. "I think more girls are starting to do ballet now because of her."

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