Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Misty Copeland (Author)

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
Touchstone Books
Publish Date
December 16, 2014
5.5 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.64 pounds

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About the Author

Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African American female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. The bestselling author of Life in Motion and a children's picture book, Firebird, she is the recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts and an inductee into the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2015, Misty was named to Time magazine's 100 list and was one of Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year." She lives in New York City. Visit her online at


Misty's unwavering belief that we can be anything that we dream is an inspiration - an inspiration to break the mold, follow your passion, never take no for an answer and do it all with grace, kindness and the spirit to help others on their journey. I am thrilled that my two daughters have a role model in Misty, who is breaking down doors that that they will never have to.--Rachel Roy
An important book for teen collections.--Angela Carstensen "School Library Journal "
It's no wonder Misty Copeland is a role model for countless aspiring ballerinas.--Dance Spirit Magazine
Captivating...heartrending...literary.--Lisa Jo Sagolla "The Kansas City Star "
[Parts] the curtain on the ballet's central illusion: that it is empowering for the female dancers at its centre. Providing a behind-the-scenes look at the glory and gore of find yourself rooting for her.--Deidre Kelly "The Globe and Mail (Canada) "
A wonderful read.--Jia Tolentino "The Hairpin "
A gift to all balletomanes, not just the brown ones.--Esther Cepeda
"Although ballet fans never lack for darlings, rarely does a dancer become an old-fashioned star...her path to becoming a star ballerina has been as dramatic, unlikely, and hinged on coincidence as the plots of most ballets."--Rivka Galchen "The New Yorker "
Misty Copeland, a ballerina of extraordinary talent and charisma, offers an autobiography as mesmeric as her dancing. She overcame adversity in the studio, in her home life, and in ballet's own traditionalism to become one of its brightest stars -- her passion and perseverance will inspire dancers and non-dancers alike.
--Eliza Minden, author of The Ballet Companion and Co-Founder and Head of Design at dancewear company Gaynor Minden, Inc.
Misty Copeland's LIFE IN MOTION is an inspiration to all young people. She is the Jackie Robinson of the ballet world, and a true role model for an entire generation of new ballerinas.
--Frank Sanchez, Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
She embodies both fearlessness and femininity, reflecting the life of contradictions and obstacles over which she's leapt so beautifully. If ever a solo ballerina was poised to become a household name, it's now.--Yahoo!
An unexpected page-turner...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 (starred review)
Engaging... [Copeland is] a poised, intelligent writer whose temperament--disciplined, determined, driven--gives the book a special spark... 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
Reads as a modern day Cinderella story...this memoir is an inspirational read--especially for aspiring dancers.--JET Magazine
Wrenching and revelatory.--The New York Times
Thorough, sensitive...clear-eyed.--The Washington Post
[A] dramatic rags-to-toe shoes life story.--People
Remarkable.--Juicy Magazine
A raw, honest tale....Her memoir is filled with passion, pain, success, and...pure
[Misty Copeland's] book is a breezy read for such deep subject matter, but her beautiful and prevailing spirit shines through on every page.--The Inlander
Reading her becomes even more apparent how this 31-year-old woman has parlayed her natural talent along with an uber intense discipline, passion and focus, into a stellar career.--The NWI Times
[LIFE IN MOTION] is the stuff of which movies are made.--Chicago Sun-Times
What a remarkable, encouraging story. Written naturally, modestly, and conversationally...[readers will] feel her triumphs and tragedies, wincing whenever she falls and cheering her on every time she gets back up....Brava, Misty.--Bildungsroman
A tale of hardship and remarkable success.--Los Angeles Magazine
A poignant primer proving the power of perseverance in the face of adversity.--The LA Sentinel
Told in graceful prose...[Copeland's] achievements will encourage all those attempting to beat the odds in competitive fields.--Publishers Weekly
A page-turner...fascinating and emotional.--The Philadelphia Enquirer
The story Copeland tells about her rise to ballet glory is compelling and inspirational.--Seattle Times