Short Story of the Week: A Hard-Won Triumph

Vogue | Misty Copeland

Photo by Vogue/Gregg Delman.

On March 4, Misty Copeland’s highly anticipated memoir Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina will be in stores. Despite the odds stacked against her, Misty served as the first African-American female soloist in more than two decades at American Ballet Theatre.

I’m sure I’d heard her name once or twice before, but I fully learned the impact of her accomplishments when she was awarded on Black Girls Rock 2013. As I recalled on my personal blog, her speech took me back to the time when I was in my first ballet class, and I was the only one. 

Thanks to Misty’s publishers, we can now all enjoy a longer excerpt from the beginning of the book on Scribd.

What I love about this story:

  • She teases the reader up front, before pacing the events leading up to her big debut as the first black woman to star in Igor Stravinsky’s iconic role, the Firebird.
  • With just a few lines, she draws us into her world of pliés, port de bras and fondus.
  • She makes it clear from the introduction that although the book tells her story, its purpose is to inspire the black ballet phenoms of the future.

If you want to hear more about her story, catch Misty at a book appearance this March.

Every week, we will look to post a short story that catches our eye — a little inspiration for our contributors. 

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