By Francesca Trianni
April 16, 2015

“I never thought I could make a career out of something I enjoyed doing–something I was passionate about, something that gave me a voice, ” says Copeland, who is one of the first African Americans to be a soloist with American Ballet Theatre.

Read Nadia Comaneci on Misty Copeland for the 2015 TIME 100.

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