Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, March 2014. World English.
Greek: Gema Epe. Polish: Wielka Litera. Simplified Chinese: Zhejiang.
*Optioned for film by New Line Cinema to be produced by Offspring Entertainment (Step Upfranchise).
*Features in The New Yorker, NYT, Self magazine, Vogue, and Essence magazine.
In this fresh, unsentimental memoir, acclaimed American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland shares the ups and downs of her unlikely journey from discovering ballet at the late age of 13 to becoming the first African-American female soloist at the ABT in more than two decades.
Bu taze, unsentimental anı olarak alkışlanan Amerikan Bale Tiyatrosu solisti Misty Copeland fazla iki yıl içinde ABT ilk Afrikalı-Amerikalı kadın solist olma 13 Geç yaşta bale keşfetmek onu olası yolculuğunun inişler ve çıkışlar paylaşıyor.
With unrelenting candor, Misty reveals the struggles and sense of alienation she faced as a woman of color in the Western ballet community. She writes about body image, injuries, and the rumors of eating disorders that plague major dance companies, from the unique perspective of a dancer with an unconventional body type, more athletic and muscular than the popular “Balanchine body”. She balances these moving personal revelations with funny, heartwarming anecdotes about the joys of performing, what really goes on backstage at a major ballet company—and what it feels like to make history, both at the ABT and in the ballet world at large.
“What keeps us reading is Copeland’s intelligent, fair, and warm voice…Her story is an inspiration to anyone—man or woman, black or white—who has ever chased a dream against the odds, and the grace with which she triumphs is an example for us all.”—Booklist
“In LIFE IN MOTION she looks back on the past without bitterness or anger, only gratitude. Hers is an out-of-the-ordinary story about defying stereotypes, and she shares it in an inspiring narrative that’s enlivened by her own grace and generous spirit.”—BookPage
“Instead of rags to riches, Copeland goes from baggy shorts to leotards as she navigates the whitewashed world of ballet.”—Library Journal
Misty Copeland, born September 10, 1982, is an American classical ballet dancer, third African-American soloist and first in two decades with the American Ballet Theatre. Copeland rose to stardom despite starting ballet at the late age of 13 at her local Boys and Girls Club. She was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club National Hall of Fame in May 2012, and has performed with award-winning musical artists Prince as guest artist in several concerts and his music video for “Crimson and Clover.”