Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (English Edition) Kindle电子书
When Misty Copeland first placed her hands on the ballet barre at an after-school community centre, 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 attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.
In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland tells the story of her historic journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. With an insider's passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life centre stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world's most iconic ballets. Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
Lisa Reneé Pitts is an award-winning actress in theater, television, and film, as well as an accomplished audiobook narrator. She won an AudioFile Earphones Award for excellence in narration for Pushkin and the Queen of Spades by Alice Randall. --此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
- ASIN : B01CD9IZHU
- 出版社 : Sphere (2017年3月9日)
- 出版日期 : 2017年3月9日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 4930 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 289页
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We both love to watch "So you think you can dance." as it brings some fantastic dancers to the stage and some of the wildest choreography I have ever seen. It brought us "Twitch"!
This last season we were watching as usual and I noticed a guest judge I had never seen before and I asked my wife who it was. She asked me, "You don't know who that is?" I had no idea other that she looked very serious. She said "That's Misty Copeland; one of the best ballerina's there is anywhere." I shrugged my shoulders, "OK." Her critiques were so precise and on point; every toe point; every movement; every emotion. I was like, "This dancer knows her business." I was impressed and I believe she was on for two episodes. My wife still was asking me how could you not know who she is? One thing I did know; she knows her business.
The above notes don't relate directly with her book but will. I'm married to a Latina and she told me that she wasn't always welcomed in allot of circles due to her not being white. Being white, I didn't fully get it because I wasn't raised that way. The statement "This is for the brown girls." should and probably relates to all women or men of color. Reading that made me sad but it should make every decent person sad.
Her story was a great read. It was one of a young prodigy being pushed and pulled in so many directions at a young age that tore at her feelings so drastically that it it was painful to read in some places. So many families have to endure hardships and many talented people whether it's dance, acting, other sports or academia are kept from them because there is no one there to see the talent. Those are the ones who suffer. I'm glad the Boys and Girls club was there for her and she was discovered; what a waste it would have been to have never seen such talent. Thanks Misty for giving back to those who helped get you started.
The book is very open and raw; she doesn't hold back on any of her life story. It's happy in many places and heartbreaking in others. It's a journey of a budding artist who tells her story almost from when she can remember to this year. She gives those in her life who helped her more than just credit; she showers them with praise. She admits to the reader her fears and how she overcame them (I love Krispy Kreme too). For so many to take to her, shows a spirit not found in many people no matter what race they are. In the end her family is her biggest love and that crowns the book for me.
I hope my wife and I can see her dance live one day; that would be a truly wonderful experience. That recalls the dance of Firebird with stress fractures. Most athletes would be sidelined with that. It boggles the mind how she did that.
I'll check out Firebird when I get a chance. Thanks for a great experience.
(1) Age - Misty Copeland's story should inspire everyone who has ever wondered: Am I too old to start this? She was adventurous enough to give herself a chance, and in turn, the world gave her chance.
(2) Poverty - Copeland's story challenges all of us who see money and wealth as the only means to advancement. If you've ever asked yourself: Am I too poor or unresourced for this? Copeland will challenge you to believe the answer is a resounding "NO."
(3) Race - Again, Misty Copeland did not view her surroundings as limitations, even when most of her mentors, her role models, and her peers did not look like her. For all who wonder: Do I have the wrong racial heritage to pursue this? Her story helps us see that often times the only glass ceiling that matters is the one we impose on ourselves.
(4) Controversy - As a young adolescent who just achieved budding fame as a rising star, Copeland managed to cope with a media hailstorm of attention surrounding her family life and living situation. Her siblings taunted her because she was so passionate about a dream they could barely understand. And at times, she barely had parental support for her goals. If you find yourself asking: How can I be sure this is the right path when so few people understand my goals? or How can I achieve my goals with so much negative attention around me? Misty Copeland's story is also abundant with insipiration.
(5) Being Black in America - While Copeland received some tastes of American racism toward African Americans from some of her father figures and members of her extended family, her skin color and her body proportions as an adult installed challenges that most (i.e., practically all) mainstream ballerinas do not encounter. If you ever thought: Am I too dark for this? or Am I too fat for this? Misty Copeland's story has gems of triumph for you also.
Bottom line: If you are looking for inspiration, look no further. This story has so much for everyone. And it is beautifully written.
I am so thankful that Misty Copeland has shared her story with the world. And I am so thrilled that I get a chance to continue rooting for her as she continues to dance and break barriers.