Misty Copeland on Life in Motion | Tantorious

Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.


A ballerina with American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African-American ballerina for the company, and the first African-American female Soloist in more than two decades. In her book, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, Misty shares her harrowing life story from her humble beginnings to dancing with one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world.


Excerpts from the audio interview:

Q: Can you please tell us a bit about your background and how you came to be a ballerina?

A: I grew up in San Pedro, California, in an underprivileged community, a single-parent home, one of six kids, not much money but lots of love. I was a member of the Boys and Girls Club of San Pedro and it was there, at the age of 13, in a ballet class on a basketball court, in my gym clothes, that I had the chance to be brought into a ballet school on a full scholarship.

Q: What do you hope listeners will take away from your story?

A: It was important for me to share my struggles and experiences as a black woman, and I think many people will relate. I also hope they see the beauty in ballet, and in hard work. And that whatever you’re trying to do, you can be different and not fit into the typical expectations.

Listen to a sample of the Tantor audiobook edition of Life in Motion, narrated by Lisa Renee Pitts.

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