Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
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 balleri ...more
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Misty Copeland was born in St Louis, the fourth of five children. Her mother one day decided s ...more
i want to be very clear upfront -- i love (LOVE!) misty copeland. i think she is fierce, admirable and inspirational. this review is not about her or her life. this review is about the quality of the book.
and the quality of the book for me was, unfortunately, not great. i didn't find the writing particularly strong, and i found the structure of the telling erratic and repetitive. so this is just such a shame. i have found that when people of note pen their memoirs (and sometime ...more
Her memoir is aptly named. Misty was a shy and introspective girl who grew up in a very unstable home and had a tumultuous childhood. Her family was constantly moving as her mother, a loving and well intending mother, moved from one troubled relationship to another. The family often struggled economically. Misty only discovers bal ...more
Misty's memoir traces her unlikely path to becoming a soloist with the American Ballet Theater (some argue the best ballet company in the US) and one of the first African American women to do so. She had unimaginable beginnings learning ballet at a Boys and Girls Club at the late age of thirteen along with an unstable childhood liv ...more
Misty had an itinerant childhood, moving whenever her mother changed boyfriends. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but moved to California when her mother left ...more
Misty Copeland, star ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre, wants us to know that when she enters a stage, she thinks, “This is for all the little brown girls.” And rightfully so. She is the first Black ballerina to rise to this level of prominence in twenty years, and the first ever to star in The Firebird.
I read this book free courtesy of Net Galley. I approached it not as a fan of ballet, but as an avid reader of autobiographies and memoirs. Wh ...more
1. She truly had to endure a lot of things as a child. I respect her drive and her perseverance.
2. There's a few things I didn't like, though. She kind of put people down in tiny ways that just seemed rude. She said that her drill teammates were "fast", she called one girls performance forgettable, called ABT's white dancers "frail," and I also didn't like that she kept saying brown girls. I understand the thing ...more
On the one hand: Misty Copeland's story is inspiring. It's amazing what she went through before becoming (currently) the only African American soloist dancing with ABT. Even as a ballet prodigy, her upbringing made it so that the odds were overwhelmingly stacked against her. Not only did Misty overcome them, she never made an excuse to stop trying. Like I said, inspiring.
On the other hand: I understand that she still currently works with ABT, but a ...more
When I heard the news, I immediately ordered this book from the library, and read it straight through in an afternoon. If I were still teaching, this book would enter the curriculum for biography/memoir in middle school. The style of writing is so warm a ...more
What I will say is the last chapter is beautiful and exactly how I feel. Ballet should be brought to everyone, no matter race, income, or body type. Misty Copeland may not be a writer, and some may say things about her dancing, but she is doing amazing things for ballet, and for that I respect her so much.
I've never seen Misty Copeland perform in person but, after reading her autobiography, I want to. She's the second African American woman to be a soloist in the American Ballet Theatre and the first to become a principal. When this particular book was written she had been a soloist and in 2015 she was made a principal. Learning about her childhood was amazing. It really goes to show you how helpful the Boys and Girls Club is for some kids she was provided with an excellent opportunity. But she i...more
I'll admit it. While I'm a huge fan of all art, I've never understood dance. Music, theater, visual art, writing, and cinema all speak to me but, despite seeing a lot of ballet and modern, it's been rare for me to feel something, watching dance.
I also know ballet is a viscous career. I was interesting in reading this because there's something incredibly ...more
Not knowing who Misty Copeland is, I was attracted to this book by its synopsis. It is about an African American ballerina struggling against adversity. That was enough to get me interested in reading it. Moreover, she comes from an impoverished background which ma ...more
I really enjoyed this memoir. I first heard of Misty Copeland via an Essence magazine a few years ago, when they did a feature article on her. I thought the pictures they’d taken of her were beautiful; her grace and light shone through. I’m not even sure how I heard of this book, but I’m glad I added it to my “to-read” list.
I find that so often, we look at a person and see them in their present form, without fully considering all the various twists and turns ...more
And OH MY GOSH it has not been an easy climb to the top. Breaking into the lily-white world of professional ballet has been a struggle since C ...more
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