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Misty Copeland took her first ballet class at 13 in gym shorts and socks on a basketball court at the Boys and Girls Club in San Pedro, California. Today, at 32, she is poised to become the first African American principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.Copeland visited the Hartt School at the University of Hartford recently to teach an hour-long Master Class. She critiqued the eight dancers as they ran through the second Shade's solo from "La Bayadere's Act II," a piece they are working on for a November performance. She was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the university after the class.Copeland's profile has been raised recently with the publication of her autobiography, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina," the children's book "Firebird" and an ad for Under Armour underwear that went viral on last summer. Copeland has become a role model for young African Americans interested in the arts and is a spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America."I think it's important to share the struggles that I've experienced," Copeland said. "I want to share how important it was that I found an art form that took me out of all the negativity that was in my life and gave me the kind of space to dream."Copeland has indeed broken the mold. She is black, only 5-foot-2 and muscular, defying the conventional image of the willowy, porcelain-skinned ballerina.One of six children of a single mother, Copeland was discovered during the free ballet class and given a full scholarship to a local ballet school. Although 13 is considered too late to begin classical ballet training, Copeland was on pointe within three months and on a professional track. In 2000, she realized her dream to dance with ABT in New York City where she is only the second African American soloist in two decades. She hopes to make history by becoming ABT's first African American principal dancer."I always say that it saved my life," said Copeland about ballet. "It made me into the woman that I am today and I'm forever grateful."