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Life in Motion : An Unlikely Ballerina

By (author) Misty Copeland

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From her childhood spent moving around to escape her mother's string of boyfriends and husbands to pressures to mold her body to a dancer's ideal, every challenge Misty faced was met with the same perseverance, passion, and drive that brought her dreams to life. A true prodigy, Misty was dancing en pointe within two months and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. Recognizing her talents, Misty's white ballet teachers soon took her in so she could continue training at a high level. Caught between the calm, control, and comfort she found in the world of elite ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, Misty became involved in a highly publicized custody battle instigated by her mother to bring her home-a struggle which Misty talks about in detail for the first time. She also reveals how it felt to be the only black woman in the American Ballet Theatre's corps de ballet as she spanned the globe in world-renowned performances. As unique as Misty herself, Life in Motion transcends the bounds of the traditional ballet biography to tell a uniquely American story of perseverance and achievement in the face of extreme challenges. This is a beautiful memoir of identity, of passion, and of grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • 03 Apr 2014
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York
  • English
  • 1476737983
  • 9781476737980
  • 45,228

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Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African-American ballerina for the American Ballet Theatre, and the first in decades. A recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts and inductee into the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame, she currently lives in New York City.

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[LIFE IN MOTION] reveals a woman as graceful and powerful in life as she is in dance.--Melissa Harris-Perry

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