Misty Copeland, Life in Motion

Rescheduled from 2/2 Snow Cancellation


in conversation

with author Charisse Jones and

SMAPA dance academy director and founder Sharron Miller

LIFE IN MOTION: An Unlikely Ballerina

Thursday, April 2nd, 7pm

NEW VENUE: Mt. Hebron School, Montclair, NJ 

RSVP required at 973-744-7177 or events@watchungbooksellers.com



In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland makes history as the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a groundbreaking ballerina. 

When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. 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 (culminating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

Life in Motion is an insider's look at the cutthroat world of professional ballet, as well as a moving story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life. This touching memoir reveals Copeland’s journey to becoming a history-making soloist candidly: from being asked to lighten her features to better blend in with her fellow dancers onstage, to a highly-publicized court case that nearly took her away from ballet for good—a haunting topic that Copeland discussed here for the first time. But Copeland also takes readers backstage at America’s national ballet company, and gives readers a front row seat to her triumphs, her passionate artistic process, and collaborations with luminaries from Prince to Twyla Tharp.

Misty Copeland is a recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts, an inductee into the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame, and the National Youth of the Year Ambassador of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Copeland was honored at BET’s 2013 Black Girls Rock! with the Young, Gifted and Black Award, and her many appearances as a spokeswoman for Under Armour and Coach, as a judge on Dancing With The Stars and as the face of ABT’s Project Plie have helped to bring ballet to the masses. Copeland lives in New York City.  Charisse Jones is an award-winning journalist with USA Today. A former staff writer for the New York Times and theLos Angeles Times, she has been a commentator for National Public Radio and has appeared on several television shows including CBS This Morning and The Today Show. Jones also co-authored the American Book Award winning Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America.

Check out this video feature on Life in Motion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=sWGCE3HZLOc&app=desktop. 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
173 Bellevue Ave.
07043 Montclair
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476737997
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchstone - December 16th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781476737980
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Published: Touchstone - March 4th, 2014

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By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399166150
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014