Life in Motion An Unlikely Ballerina Author:Misty Copeland "Picture a ballerina in a tutu and toe shoes. What does she look like?" — As the only African-American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. 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 bec... more »ome a ground?breaking 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 (culmi?nating 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.
With an insider's unique point of view, Misty opens a window into the life of a professional ballerina who lives life center stage: from behind the scenes at her first auditions to her triumphant roles in some of the most iconic ballets. But in this beautifully written memoir, she also delves deeper to reveal the desire and drive that made her dreams reality.
Life in Motion is a story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.« less
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Ms. Copeland has a strong clear voice. Her story is very interesting given the nature of who she is and the history she has made. This is her history as a ballerina in her own words and it was interesting to read about how she came to be where she is and how she feels about it. She seems to struggle with her emotions while writing this book and at times it feels like you are not hearing her true feelings as she seems to not want to offend anyone. However, that could be a by product of writing about things and people that are currently in your life. All in all I enjoyed this memoir immensely. Ms. Copeland provides a narrative that is engaging and readable while providing insight and history into the world of Ballet.