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Inspiring, Sensitive, Well Written 11 mars 2014
Par Eileen Pollock - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Misty Copeland's story is an inspiring tale of overcoming a difficult childhood of poverty and rising en pointe to become a brilliant soloist with American Ballet Theater.

Misty's drill instructor (she was captain of the drill team at school) advised her to study ballet at the Boys and Girls Club, which became her salvation. She started at the late age of 13. But she was a prodigy, with natural strength sufficient to graduate to toe shoes after just three months of instruction. Ballet was her element, she became devoted to the art form, and was given unstinting support from the owner of the studio. She went to live with her teacher and her husband for two years, in the only stable and prosperous home she had known. But a custody struggle between her mother and her ballet teacher ended with Misty being returned to her mother.

However, her talent and hard work won out, and she was accepted at every summer ballet intensive ballet she auditioned for (with the exception of New York City Ballet!). She moved from the San Francisco Ballet's intensive summer to American Ballet Theater's, and was immediately encouraged by the director of the studio company, a feeder to the professional company.

The story of how Misty overcame the instability of her childhood and teenage years is told sensitively and with compelling interest. She is the first and only ballerina of color to reach soloist level in a classical ballet company, especially one of ABT's importance. All along she must overcome obstacles - of lack of confidence, of prejudice in favor of "white swans", and the universal ballet rule to have a boyish figure, while Misty was attractively feminine.

In the end, Misty is victorious, chosen to play the Firebird on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in a new ballet choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. After surgery for a serious injury, she is back at ABT and her future is still open before her. Her story will inspire teenage dancers. Graciously, she acknowledges the help her early dance teachers gave her and the past "black swans" she met and befriended during her career. I eagerly look forward to her sequel, when she becomes a principal at ABT.
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great book 10 mars 2014
Par Mama2twins - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Inspiring story that shows the strength, poise and determination of a young girl who broke barriers in the ballet world. Loved the book and finished it in one night
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very compelling book 15 mars 2014
Par mistermaxxx08 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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one of those books that goes to show that talent, drive, dedication and not listening to the folks who say you can't do this or be this, or shine in this light,etc.. very honest and direct book. she is breaking barriers and only getting stronger. a really strong and enlightening book.
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Beautiful and inspiring 22 mars 2014
Par Jessica - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is one of the most beautiful memoirs written! What an inspiration Misty Copeland is to girls, especially black and brown girls everywhere. Her story is phenomenal.
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Great book! 22 mars 2014
Par Monica Rhodes - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book provided great insight into the many struggles of being African American in profession that doesn't have many minorities.
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