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Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy Book

From New York Times bestselling, award-winning author and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland comes an illustrated nonfiction collection celebrating dancers of colour 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.

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 colour who fundamentally changed the landscape of ballet from the early 20th century to today.

The book features Royal Ballet Principal Francesca Hayward, written by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Salena Barnes.

Publisher: Aladdin
Format: Hardback
Pages: 64 
ISBN13: 9781534474246
Ages: 10+
Size: 31 x 24 cms

See the full Ballet Book collection here.