Book Review: Life in Motion by Misty Copland

Title: Life in Motion
By: Misty Copeland
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 192
Release Date: December 6th, 2016
Publisher: Aladdin
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads:

Determination meets dance in this middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir by the first African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history, Misty Copeland.

As the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has been breaking down all kinds of barriers in the world of dance. But when she first started dancing—at the late age of thirteen—no one would have guessed the shy, underprivileged girl would one day make history in her field.

Her road to excellence was not easy—a chaotic home life, with several siblings and a single mother, was a stark contrast to the control and comfort she found on stage. And when her home life and incredible dance promise begin to clash, Misty had to learn to stand up for herself and navigate a complex relationship with her mother, while pursuing her ballet dreams.

Life in Motion is a story for all the kids who dare to be different, dream bigger, and want to break stereotypes in whatever they do.


Growing up in the ballet world gave me a wonderful insight into the things Copland spoke about. It is a sad truth that being a person of color somehow makes you less of a perfect dancer, a terrible truth, but one that Copland has overcome.

The amazing things she has already accomplished, gives me great hope for the future. The future of dance and the future of the world. I am excited to see what she does next. She is by far my favorite dancer, period.

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