Life in Motion

Life in Motion

An Unlikely Ballerina

Book - 2014
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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 become a ground-breaking ballerina.
Publisher: New York :, Touchstone Books, published by Simon & Schuster, [2014]
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476737980
1476737983
Characteristics: 278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colored) ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Jones, Charisse

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abbi_g
Nov 15, 2018

I stumbled across Misty Copeland's memoir at my local library a few weeks ago and decided to borrow it. I knew little to nothing about her background besides the fact that she started ballet later than most professional ballet dances; and that she is the first Black woman to have been promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. I'll admit that I didn't expect her childhood and her transition into ballet to be as complex as it was. Still, she deserves credit for sticking with it despite the personal trials she's experienced since she started ballet. I really enjoyed her memoir; and I definitely hope to see her perform in person before she retires.

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tdixon18
May 23, 2018

Avail at NKC

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LexiLou2
Mar 09, 2018

As much as I wanted to finish this book as I had read an article about Misty that was quite intriguing, I found it difficult to get into the book as I know nothing of dance and the terminology associated with it. I'll try this book again another time.

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Shelbyville
Feb 28, 2018

Misty is such a insperation for young dancers like me!! I think the phrasing is beautiful and she shows power in her writing skills. She is the best role modle ever!! I am in awe at how she was able to go en pointe after only 2 monthes of ballet. This is my 6th year and I get my pointe shoes in september!

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wong_george_wl
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.

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debraliying
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.

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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.

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white_wolf_432
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!

ArapahoeBridget 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."

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abbi_g
Nov 15, 2018

"Now that it was real, after fighting so hard for so long, through years of doubt, I finally believed that I deserved this."

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