BALLET ARIZONA BOOK CLUB
Misty Copeland: Life In Motion
Above: Misty Copeland’s memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, will be the topic at the October 14 meeting of the Ballet Arizona Book Club.
Ballet Arizona officially begun its Book Club last month by discussing A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back authored by David Hallberg. Participants were intrigued by the vulnerability and honesty of the author and gained a new perspective on the mental and emotional challenges professional dancers face in their careers.
This quarter’s meeting will discuss Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland, a memoir that details Copeland’s difficult journey as an aspiring ballerina and reveals just how much grit and tenacity is needed to succeed in the dance world.
At 6 p.m., on Wednesday, October 14, you are invited to join the discussion as we share our appreciation for the incredible art form of dance. The meeting will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom Meeting Information
Above: A true prodigy, Misty Copeland was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year.
ABOUT MISTY COPELAND
Determination meets dance in this New York Times bestselling, prize-winning memoir by the history-making ballerina Misty Copeland, recounting the story of her journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.
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 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 Copeland became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, which culminated 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.
Above: Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina takes the reader from behind the scenes at the dancer’s first auditions to her triumphant roles.
With an insider’s unique point of view, Copeland 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.
Hailed by the Washington Post as a sensational memoir that’s both “sensitive” and “clear-eyed,” Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
The Book Club will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, October 14 at 6 p.m.
Zoom meeting links will be sent out on Monday, October 12 to those who are signed-up