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Misty Copeland and American Ballet Theatre deliver a dazzling 'Nutcracker' in Costa Mesa

Misty Copeland and American Ballet Theatre deliver a dazzling 'Nutcracker' in Costa Mesa

Never underestimate the importance of symbolism. Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre’s first black principal dancer, was the lead ballerina in the opening night of Segerstrom Hall’s presentation of ABT’s “The Nutcracker.”

Opening night is an honor, and it was a mighty important distinction Friday at the sold out Costa Mesa 3,000-seat venue.

The crowd loves her, this hometown gal. There was a high-decibel roar — a groundswell that knocked you back in your chair, actually — every time she danced. It was humbling to experience, and based on her facial expressions, it affected Copeland, too.

But she was not the only reason...

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