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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (Book) - Autographed

Item# 10059838

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (Book) - Autographed
By Misty Copeland

In her beautifully written memoir Life in Motion, dancer Misty Copeland shares her journey from her first auditions to her life on center stage with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Her story is one of passion and grace, with an insider’s unique point of view into the life of a professional ballerina.

“Wrenching and revelatory.” - The New York Times

"An unexpected page-turner...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 (starred review)

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches



In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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