Life in Motion

Life in Motion

An Unlikely Ballerina

Book - 2014
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Misty Copeland makes history as the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a groundbreaking ballerina. When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life (culminating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind. Life in Motion is an insider's look at the cutthroat world of professional ballet, as well as a moving story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476737997
Characteristics: 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Jones, Charisse


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Aug 29, 2017

a life story, that is easy to read , to inspire.

see how people in our lives, can make us grow, to be a ballerina or someone like you and me.

Misty Copeland dances well, thanks for telling her story so well as well.

Apr 24, 2017

A great book for anyone wanting to know the struggles and the luck that Misty Copeland recieved. This book, I felt like it was really good. The flare inside of her dims and burns even brightly throughout all the things she had to go through.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Oct 02, 2016

I really wanted to like this book because Misty Copeland has such a great story, but I really couldn’t get into this book. The writing wasn’t good, and there didn’t seem to be any true emotion in the book. It’s well-known that Misty tried to become emancipated from her mother when she was a teenager, but Misty really doesn’t give a good explanation for why she did that or what she thought would happen. Even now, she doesn’t seem to take responsibility for that decision at all. There are way too many places where she says something, but doesn’t show or explain it all. For example, she says there was a time she wanted to leave the American Ballet Theatre, but then she turned down other job offers. She doesn’t really offer any explanation. She has a great and inspiring story to tell, but it could have been told a lot better.

Sep 19, 2016

I'm a ballet dancer and a dancer at my school was reading it so I decided to reserve it! Really looking forward to reading this book!

AL_BRIDGET Aug 23, 2016

Quick, interesting read, with great details about ballet and Copeland's childhood. I love reading about dancers, and this was really satisfying with a small handful of photos included. Definitely pick this up if you're a ballet fan!

Corey G Brooks Aug 14, 2015

"A new perspective on success in my generation. She watched 'Sister, Sister', Paid in full, and developed her brain to do what it is that she does very well. I just wish she wasn't espoused."

Jul 31, 2015

I have commented that men are totally unaware of obstacles women face in corporate america and this memoir illustrates that white ballerinas are not aware of what minority ballerinas battle. Misty is as tough as she is graceful and more power to her.

Jul 20, 2015

Misty is such an inspiring force in the dance community. Congrats on her recent promotion to principal. This book, however, seems to struggle with its intended audience. Sometimes it presents an immature tone but mature subject matter which is uncomfortably discordant. I would love to read her story presented in a more mature light.

Jul 15, 2015

I appreciated how Misty focussed on the positive throughout this book . . . good read.

May 04, 2014

Such a great book! I was fortunate enough to start taking ballet at the same studio as Misty before she left for ABT. Misty is a great writer and this is a must-read for any ballet dancer, or really for anyone who enjoys inspirational stories.


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