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on 10 August 2015
Misty Copeland is a very elegant, graceful and inspiring young lady. I knew nothing of her until late last year when i saw her "i will what i want" AD on Youtube. From that very moment i was mystified! I had never in my life seen a brown ballerina and Misty Copeland is a beautiful one at that. l added this book to my "Amazon Wishlist" but didn't end up buying and reading it until 1 year later. Silly me! But, to be honest i have read it at the most perfect time in my life. In the age we live in, with "celebrities" bed hopping, drug taking and sex tape making, a woman like Misty who has a genuine and brilliant talent is a dying breed. Her demeanour should be celebrated. This is the type of female our young girls should aspire to, she is respectable, sophisticated and exudes class. Her book tells all about her childhood, the poverty she lived through and her neglectful mother who had 6 children with many toxic men and how Misty and her siblings fled with her mother from these men, in midnight flits, from man to man, house to motel, because she had failed at another attempt of a "relationship". The serendipitous tale of how she discovered ballet and the lady who encouraged her talent is endearing, and the stuff of Hollywood movies, she was born to shine and be discovered! There's lots of adversity in this book, which is to be expected, but, Misty has triumphed over all of them. She has become the first black woman to be promoted to principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre's 75 year history. What an accomplishment! Reading this book has left me motivated in all many aspects of my life, i went to the gym for the first time today in 7 months because of Misty and i hope to get my health and fitness back on track after a back injury. Thank you Misty for writing such a wonderful and inspiring book. You have a new fan please don't ever change. I will be watching out for you and i hope some day i will get to watch you dance. I also can't wait to watch your documentary this year, if i knew you were crowdfunding for it i would have donated just so i could see my name on the credits and be a part of your memorable story. Unfortunately i missed my chance. Good luck Misty xxx
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on 26 August 2014
I read this book having seen a viral advert with Misty Copeland "I Will what I Want". She brings an excitement and buzz to ballet. Amazing clip!
Her book is a simple , thoughtful read. Sometimes sad, sometimes vulnerable - she comes across as a real life , credible woman with an inspiring story for young achievers , be it dance or other . As she says "this is for all the little brown girls " she will be an amazing mentor to many of them .
Can't help but notice the bitterness she has towards elite white establishment in ballet. That saddens the reader as this is an art form that should transcend skin colour. But then shouldn't all areas of life .
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on 20 April 2014
I was really looking forward to reading this book, because I follow her career with interest, but sadly the book fell short, not on her part I might add, but more so because the publishers were more interested in making a quick buck, instead of offering advice in the way it was written. It continually jumped about, and didn't follow any narrative, which was a shame. As I am a follower of ballet, it was a little disappointing, but it was a very admirable effort by Misty Copeland to get her point of view across, and the difficulties and bias she faced in doing so.
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on 20 January 2016
My daughter loves Misty Copeland and has found in her a wonderful role model. A great and easy read which has given my daughter food for thought and inspiration :)
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on 5 October 2015
Greta story - there could have been more photos of Misty dancing
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on 10 October 2014
Great book
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on 8 July 2014
Easy to use and instructi9ons very clear
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