Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first black female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. She talks to The Economist about the lack of diversity in ballet.

00:00 – Misty Copeland: superstar ballerina
00:24 – The power of the arts
02:15 – Ballet’s lack of diversity
04:28 – Is casting in ballet racist?
05:51 – Colour-blind casting in ballet
07:37 – Blackface in ballet
09:21 – The impact of Obama’s presidency

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