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nnnnn dance sensation mister copeland on the verge of making history this week , i'm lisa bernhardt outside new york's lincoln center where rumors are swirling that misty copland may be named the first female african american principle dancer for the american ballet theatre one of the world's leading classical ballet companies , her journey worthy of its own fairy tale ballet growing up poor living in a hotel with her single mom and five siblings to her potential top spot at the seventy five year old troop in an industry long criticized for its lack of inclusion and winning millions of fans along the way last year's memoir a bestseller and her life the subject of a documentary films then there's that under armor ad which went viral echoing the discouraging word she overcame as a kid you have the wrong body for ballet and at thirteen , you are to , two copeland is all , parts debuting last week in swan lake a world famous piece that scene is keyed to earning ballets highest rank , copeland's history making promotion by a b. t. u. could come by july fourth