Life In Motion
By: Misty Copeland
Tackk created by: Christina R.
What It's About?
An autobiography, by Misty Copeland writes about her journey to becoming a principle dancer with professional ballet company American Ballet Theater. Misty Copeland lives with her poor family, that has moved around from man to man because of her mother running away from abusive relationships and in between the struggles, Misty is encouraged to take a ballet class at the Boys and Girls Club, an after school facility where she first placed her hand on a barre and found her phenomenal talent, an incredible story of resolute journey and her unlikeliness to getting to the top and becoming the first female African American, professional dancer prodigy at ABT .
Why this title?
Misty Copeland Picked this title because of all off the chaos and drama that was going on in her life, life still goes on. Her life was constantly in motion with unexpected turnouts. Misty was constantly dealing with family and legal issues so this title represented how busy and crazy life can get, and that you still have to push through it and do something to help you get through it, in this case it's dance. Copeland takes the readers through her life detail by detail and tells as though its a movie. This follows the thematic idea of no matter how crazy life may be, there is a way to overcome it. She wanted people to know that even the most unlikely of people can turn out to be extraordinary.
How did the story have an impact on me?
Life In Motion had very meaningful connections to me. I am a dancer and I am also the only biracial person in my dance class. The very first time Misty even danced was at age 13, and the same thing happened with me. We were both very worried about starting late because everyone is ahead of yoiu and It takes longer to get En Pointe. It took me a year until I could be En Pointe, while it only took her 3 months after just starting.Upon hearing this, I felt more confident that I could also succeed just like she had, but also jealous because I wanted the kind of success she had. Since we are both people of color, she really inspired me, which she did every time she wrote, "This is for the little brown girls." She told how you can come from any background and still accomplish great things. She can be intimidating because she has an indescribable, natural talent that was discovered when she first started and she has an amazing fit body that I would aspire to have. She succeeded in such a short amount of time because once she found out she was really good at ballet, she started liking it and pursuing more in more with the help of her teacher Cynthia Bradley, who knew she was going to be a star. She even lived with the Bradleys so she could focus on her dance. She's fearless! Reading this book did change my point of view on ballet a little bit because it looked as if you had to be really good in order to succeed in the ballet world and even she struggled, being as good as she is (mostly because of her color). It just goes to show that if you want something so bad, you can do it and it won't matter what the rest of the world thinks. Her book made me realize how much I love ballet and dance and how beautiful it is. Misty Copeland inspired me to take risks even when everyone doubts you. Reading every line in the book made me cringe because I had either done that or I was picturing myself doing it.I want to dance like Misty, the way she takes everybody's breath away and has become and idol. Her message made me want to persevere and to have fun doing what I love.
The above picture are Pointe shoes also known as Toe shoes. These are what Misty Copeland and all professional ballerinas where when dancing. The shoes allow dancers to dance on just their two front toes creating very beautiful and graceful movements. Ponte shoes are a critical necessity in dancing and they are like the symbol for ballet. Misty Copeland was En Pointe when she was only 13.
This is the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Where Copeland became the first African American female dancer. This was her dream company that she wanted to dance for. The theatre is in New York. This is one of the companies that accepted her because many companies would not accept her due to her race.