"Dare to Dream"
Community Partner: TITAS
When Misty Copeland first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the 5' 2", anxious 13-year-old in baggy gym shorts to become one of America’s greatest classical ballerinas. But she did just that. In 2007, she made history by becoming the third African American female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, and the first in decades.
At this event, Copeland will discuss her new memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. It transcends the bounds of the traditional ballet biography to tell a uniquely American story of perseverance and achievement in the face of extreme challenges.
From her childhood spent moving around to escape her mother’s string of boyfriends and husbands, to pressures to mold her body to a dancer’s ideal, every challenge Copeland faced was met with the same passion and drive that brought her dreams to life. She also reveals how it felt to be the only black woman in the American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet as she traveled the globe in world-renowned performances. This is a beautiful story of identity, passion, and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.
A recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts and an inductee into the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame, Copeland currently lives in New York City.
Book Combo tickets are available and includes one copy of "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina" by Misty Copeland and priority access to the book signing.
When purchasing tickets online, enter "DANCE" into the Discount Code box at checkout for 50% off your tickets!