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Publisher Description

Determination meets dance in this memoir by the history-making ballerina.

In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history, telling the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged, and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America’s most groundbreaking dancers . A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. 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, 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 passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life center stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world’s most iconic ballets. A sensational memoir as “sensitive” and “clear-eyed” (The Washington Post) as her dancing, Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

Biographies & Memoirs
March 4

Customer Reviews

lgan4441 ,

Loved this autobiography!!!

It's refreshing to read an autobiography that doesn't bash people whose choices didn't yield the best results. It reminds me that parents aren't perfect: parents do the best the can with what they have at that time. In this instance, a child (whose childhood circumstances aren't the best) becomes successful, living her best life. I believe this is a good book for black and brown girls to read (regardless of their interest in ballet) that your circumstances don't keep you from achieving goals. You have to be willing to work hard, no matter what.

costrilli ,


I am not a dancer but I love stories in which the underdog wins. I feel like I know Misty Copeland as a friend after reading this book. She shares so details about her life that leave her image vulnerable, real, & stronger than an unblemished portrayal would have been. I recommend this story for any artist. As an added bonus I am now proud of the way my knees bend backward when I stand.

Tedig ,

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland is an inspiration to everyone. And, to little, aspiring ballerinas, she is their role model, their fairy queen, and nurturer. Now, she has become a principal dancer with ABT, long overdue, but a great milestone. She is one of the great dancers, for all time. I loved her book, I love her.

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