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Huzzah! Misty Copeland, the astonishingly talented ballerina who willed what she wants in a commercial-gone-viral for Under Armour, has just been named the first ever African-American woman to become a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater. This is big news. Huge. Here, five things you need to know about the dance world darling.

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SHE DIDN’T START DANCING UNTIL SHE WAS 13

Unlike most professional ballerinas who are groomed from age three, Misty only stumbled upon ballet thanks to the Boys & Girls Club in her California hometown. There, she started out choreographing routines to Mariah Carey before beginning her formal ballet education.

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BUT SHE KNOWS HOW TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME

After only three months of training, Misty started dancing en pointe--a skill that typically takes most dancers years to learn.

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PRINCE IS HER MENTOR...

Yes, the Prince. He called her, told her she was extremely gifted and invited her to dance on top of a grand piano in his 2010 “Welcome 2 America” tour.

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SHE ONCE GOT FLACK FOR BEING TOO CURVY AND ATHLETIC

When Misty joined ABT in 2001, she was the only black woman in a company of 80 dancers. “I had to accept that it was OK to look like a woman and be a ballerina,” she has said. “I have breasts and a butt, which is not the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s aesthetic of the feminine, soft ballerina.”

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BUT NOW SHE’S A STAR

Earlier this year, Misty became the first African-American ABT soloist to dance the role of Odile/Odette in Swan Lake, which is basically the best gig a dancer could ever dream for. Oh, and she also wrote a memoir and was named one of Time Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People".

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