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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina | [Misty Copeland]

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 13-year-old to become a ground­breaking ballerina. Life in Motion is a story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
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Publisher's Summary

"Picture a ballerina in a tutu and toe shoes. What does she look like?"

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 13-year-old to become a ground­breaking ballerina.

When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: A feat unheard of for any classical dancer. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life (culminating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

With an insider's unique point of view, Misty opens a window into the life of a professional ballerina who lives life center stage: From behind the scenes at her first auditions to her triumphant roles in some of the most iconic ballets. But in this beautifully written memoir, she also delves deeper to reveal the desire and drive that made her dreams reality.

Life in Motion is a story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

©2014 Misty Copeland (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kimberly 06-16-14
    Kimberly 06-16-14
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    "Great Story, Terrible Narrator"
    If you could sum up Life in Motion in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, insightful, honest.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performances?

    Absolutely not. Her phrasing was stilted, her pronunciation was overdone, her dramatic choices were bizarre. She truly distracted from the story in a way I've never experienced from another narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Despite the terrible narration, I did listen to this book in one weekend. Misty Copeland has a really interesting story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 10-08-14
    Rebecca 10-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating Biography, Performance not so good"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I strongly disliked the narration of this book. This is an autobiography, written in 1st person, and I do not think that the voice actor matched the author. She sounded much older than Misty Copeland was at the time she wrote the book. Additionally she over enunciated every word and even added inflection and emphasis in incorrect places. I did not think I would be able to finish the book when I first started listening, but Misty's story hooked me enough to keep going.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    As a dancer, I really enjoyed hearing Misty's story. She came from such unlikely circumstances. to become a brilliant ballerina. This book really made me appreciate her much more than I had before.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coton Luv 12-28-14
    Coton Luv 12-28-14
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    "Inspiring story, awkward reading performance"
    What did you love best about Life in Motion?

    That this is a true story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader voice doesn't match the image of Misty. It sounds mechanical and much older. I thought it was a computer generated voice/reading


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    emel 06-17-15
    emel 06-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "riveting"

    I just didn't like the overuse of the 'I was duscrjminated' theme. weren't all the people who helped her get on abt and eventually a soloist, white? but the stofy was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hillary Hanson 05-28-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting book, narrator doesn't do it justice"

    The story is good but the narrator detracts from the story. Read it don't listen it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 04-27-15
    Nicole 04-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Excellent and inspiring! I can't wait to go to the ballet. I hope to see Misty Copeland perform. I may travel to New York for that particular honor!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Johnson 04-20-15
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    "this is for the little brown girls"

    I was moved to tears many time during this book. Misty Copeland's story is raw and real and I love how honest she comes across. as a former dancer, I definitely appreciated all the specific ballet terminology she used and how she described some of the steps for even non-dancers to be able to visualize.

    I would have loved it even more in the author's own voice or perhaps a different reader, however the inspiration and appreciation derived from the story are very powerful still.

    My 5 year old brown daughter is begging to start ballet class and after reading this book... how could I say no? I'm going to enroll her at Orlando ballet Sumner program asap.

    Meanwhile I a new fan and would love to see Misty perform while she is still with ABT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Coombs 01-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "So very surprised"

    I didn't expect to love.this book, this story so much but I do. I'd recommend it to anyone

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Brown NYC, USA 11-11-14
    James Brown NYC, USA 11-11-14 Member Since 2015

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    "EXTREMELY INSPIRING"

    This book was written with "A LOT OF HEART" (and a lot of courage). It was hard to just listen to the book, and not visualize and feel what she was saying. The way she go's in-depth, at every level of her life, really makes you feel that you are right next to her experiencing her life with her... She made sure that you felt her pain, but did not pity her. That you saw her scars and misfortunes "clearly," yet still respected her. "THIS IS AN AMAZING WOMAN."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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