Hello Everyone:
In June 2015; The American Ballet Theatre promoted Misty Copeland to principal ballerina, making her the first African-American woman principal ballerina in the company’s 75-year history.
Ms. Copeland, who has been with the company for 14 years and danced as a soloist for eight, is one of the most widely visible ballerinas dancing today, with fame spreading far beyond the ballet world.
Misty Copeland is one of my heroines.  While there are other women I have said were my heroines; Ms. Copeland holds a special place since dance is such a beautiful art form of which ballet is my favorite..
If you are unfamiliar with Ms. Copeland’s story–you will want to see the interview that was on 60 Minutes below.  It is truly inspiring.  
Enjoy! Misty’s 4 minute fierce performance directly below

Bill Whitaker, correspondent 60 Minutes interviewed
Misty Copeland, principal ballerina American Ballet
Theatre_May 2015
​​Released March 2014
Determination meets dance in this memoir by the history-making ballerina.

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history, telling the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America’s most groundbreaking dancers. A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

With an insider’s passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world’s most iconic ballets. A sensational memoir as “sensitive” and “clear-eyed” (The Washington Post) as her dancing, Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling series

I created “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” series on September 20, 2015.  However, I realized that I had been showcasing women (Caucasian & women of Color) that have broken the glass ceiling over the past few years in my posts.
While there are women who may not necessarily be the first woman in history–my focus is on living women since one can relate to them better than trailblazers of the past..
One should note; that there are some videos which have expired; however, usually there is a narrative and/or a link to their bibliographies to learn about them and their accomplishments.   The vast majority of these modern women trailblazers have also written at least one book.
Do you know a trailblazer?
If you know of an a woman who has broken the glass ceiling; feel free to contact me.  My contact info is at the end of this post.
November 1, 2015
October 19, 2015
October 11, 2015
October 4, 2015
September 20, 2015
Prior to official launch on September 20, 2015 “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” series
September 14, 2015
Vanessa Williams is the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America.
April 29. 2015
Janet Reno is the first U.S. Attorney General; however, Loretta Lynch is the first African American woman AG.
November 16, 2014
Aung San Suu Kyi leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar won the Nov. 2015 election with an absolute majority of the seats in the combined parliament.  Unfortunately Ms. Suu Kyi was barred from becoming Myanmar’s president since her late husband and children are British.  
October 10, 2014
Malala Yousafzai from Pakistani is the youngest Nobel prize laureate and youngest woman (teenager) to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Three women (Albright, Rice & Clinton) have broken the glass ceiling as U.S. Secretary of State.
July 17, 2014
Hillary Clinton is the first woman who served as first lady and U.S. Senator to become U.S. Secretary of State.
July 15, 2014
Madeleine Albright is the first US Secretary of State; and Condoleezza Rice is the first African American woman.
July 13, 2014
Madeleine Albright the first woman U.S. Secretary of State.
May 20, 2014
Based on a true story; Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the first British-South African woman to star in a Jane Austen heroinemovie. This is the first film where the key roles are lead by women; star Gugu Mbatha-Raw, director Amma Asante (Ghanaian-British) and writer Dr. Misan Sagay (British-Nigerian).
April 23, 2014
Lupita Nyoug’o, first Mexican-Kenyan woman to be selected as People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person. 
February 6, 2014
Cristeta Comerford, first woman & first person of Asian descent (Filipino-American) to become White House Executive Chef.
January 22, 2014
Diana Nyad is the first person ever to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage at age 64. 
October 9, 2013
Janet Yellen the first woman Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 
September 13, 2013
Susan Rice is the first African-American woman to become UN Ambassador and the second African-American woman to become National Security Advisor.
August 3, 2013
Russian Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman to travel in space & Dr. Mae Jemison is the first African-American woman to travel in space; however, I haven’t written about them yet.  Joan Higginbotham is the third African-American woman to have travelled in space.

​Misty Copeland age 13 or 14 performed the lead 
role of Clara in The Nutcracker after her first 8
months of ballet training. 
Generally it takes 3 years for ballet  students to stand 
on their toes.  It only took Misty 3 months.
Happy Holidays!
Tea & Opera series, founder
Camille Mitchell

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