Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Written by:
Misty Copeland
Narrated by:
Lisa Reneé Pitts

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2014
10 hours 0 minutes
'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 thirteen-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.
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J Smith

"This is for the little brown girls." I loved the message of this book and Misty Copeland's understanding of what her accomplishments mean to others. It does matter that she is the first to make these achievements and now little brown girls have an example. Misty's accomplishments are important and heavy, and I believe this book captures both. I would have preferred a more chronological story, and a different narrator, but overall a great book.

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Crystal D.

A voice and story that needs to be heard in the world of elite classical ballet. Beautifully written, I appreciate the depth of what Misty shares. The narrator had such a calming voice, like a grandparent reading a story. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Overall I enjoyed this book. Always interesting to find out the back story of famous people, because it's not usually smooth sailing! The story did jump around and circle back quite a bit. And the narrator, while reading with feeling and emotion, WAY over articulates and it was distracting.

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