Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy

Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy
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November 02, 2021
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From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland comes an illustrated nonfiction collection celebrating dancers of color who have influenced her on and off the stage.

As a young girl living in a motel with her mother and her five siblings, Misty Copeland didn’t have a lot of exposure to ballet or prominent dancers. She was sixteen when she saw a black ballerina on a magazine cover for the first time. The experience emboldened Misty and told her that she wasn’t alone—and her dream wasn’t impossible.

In the years since, Misty has only learned more about the trailblazing women who made her own success possible by pushing back against repression and racism with their talent and tenacity. Misty brings these women’s stories to a new generation of readers and gives them the recognition they deserve.

With an introduction from Misty about the legacy these women have had on dance and on her career itself, this book delves into the lives and careers of women of color who fundamentally changed the landscape of American ballet from the early 20th century to today.

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BLACK BALLERINAS highlights twenty-seven women of color who followed their dreams of becoming dancers. These women inspired author and dancer Misty Copeland and with this book, she wants to spread that same encouragement to other children like her who want to be ballerinas. Not only is this book about performing arts, but it's also an art form in itself with the mixture of history and illustrations that pop.

Each section features a ballerina, her history, and an uplifting quote she's said. The illustrations are stunning and show the dancer in her true beauty. I love the consistent color theme throughout the book and how each picture looks like a gorgeous painting. The facts provided are relevant and will inspire young dancers everywhere to follow their dream. Reading their stories is empowering and each one is an amazing role model.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to children who show an interest in ballet and other performing arts. These stories will show them that they can do it too. Misty Copeland has done an amazing job at sharing her inspiration with the younger generation in a form that will captivate their attention with one glance.
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