In the midst of turbulence, adversity and triumph, Misty Copeland kept dancing. The groundbreaking ballerina who was the only African American soloist in the American Ballet Theater chronicles her career and personal life in the memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. Starting out as a nervous, undersized thirteen-year-old, training at a community center, the odds were definitely stacked against her from the beginning, but Copeland is no ordinary ballerina. Her phenomenal talent more than made up for her disadvantages. Within three months of her first ballet lesson, she was dancing en pointe and turned pro in little more than a year.
The control she had within her craft was not matched in her personal life. Her cramped living conditions with her five siblings in a shabby motel where she had to sleep on the floor, was in deep contrast to the glamour that surrounded her on stage. Her private pain became public when she found herself at the center of a custody battle. In many ways Copeland’s life has been a true Cinderella story but unlike the fairytale she transformed her life not through magic, but through determination, hard work and passion, making her story all the more compelling.
This is an inspiring read for anyone, especially young women who are interested in the performing arts. It also provides an honest insider’s view into the fascinating and mysterious world of professional ballet.
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