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LIFE IN MOTION: An Unlikely Ballerina
by Misty Copeland

LIFE IN MOTION: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Misty's memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina was published by Simon & Schuster's Touchstone imprint in 2014 to great acclaim and features in The New Yorker, NYT, Self magazine, Vogue, and Essence magazine. Rights sold include: Greek: Gema Epe. Polish: Wielka Litera and Simplified Chinese: Zhejiang.

The book is also optioned for film by New Line Cinema to be produced by Offspring Entertainment (Step Up franchise).

In this fresh, unsentimental memoir, acclaimed American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland shares the ups and downs of her unlikely journey from discovering ballet at the late age of 13 to becoming the first African-American female soloist at the ABT in more than two decades.

“What keeps us reading is Copeland’s intelligent, fair, and warm voice…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

“Instead of rags to riches, Copeland goes from baggy shorts to leotards as she navigates the whitewashed world of ballet.”—Library Journal

Please see below also two articles from the Wall Street Journal, the first outlining her historic role and featuring a “Day in the Life” photo essay…


…and the second discussing her possible promotion, which would make her the first black woman to reach the highest rank of principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre.


Manuscript is available on request.