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“Sometimes when I’m getting ready for a Twyla Tharp ballet, I put on some Drake,” says Misty Copeland as she gushes about her crush on hip-hop’s boy wonder of the moment.  Copeland, 29 has quite the eclectic taste in music which is fitting for a classically trained ballerina who performs with American Ballet Theater and The Dance Theater of Harlem.

As the first African-American soloist at ABT in over 20 years, Copeland has already made history and hopes to become the first Black principal female dancer in the company.

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In the meanwhile, she continues to build impressive career which includes her touring with Prince as his dance/muse and working on a dancewear line for women with curves.  Check out her exclusive interview with HelloBeautiful below.

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