Ballet and Books, Reading and Dancing

Who else is counting down the days for Misty Copeland’s new book, Ballerina Body!?!  I’m actually not Ms. Copeland’s biggest fan but I am looking forward to what I think is going to be an honest and compelling book. I do love the way that Ms. Copeland has been so open about her background and her struggle, not just as a 13-year-old with an incredibly late start for a professional ballerina but her more recent battles with weight and size and renewed discussions about race and color.

I’m still doing battle with getting back into shape for dancing and running, with returning to running looking more promising. That in itself is discouraging because my love for dancing is far and away greater than my love for running. It becomes apparent that I will now always have problems with my left foot and the compensation for regular daily usage has had a negative effect on my left ankle, knee and even hip at times. More often than not finding motivation has been a challenge, something I’m not used to as dance in and of itself has always been my motivation.

I’m looking forward to using Ms. Copeland’s new books as a sort of guideline, something to follow on the long road back to discovering myself.

The book is Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You by Misty Copeland. The title will be released March 21, 2017 and you can pre-order from Amazon, currently listed at $15.59 – make sure to order through AmazonSmile so that you can contribute to the charity of you choice.

 

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Photo from AmazonSmile, downloaded March 2, 2017

 

What ballet made me believe

Ballet is magic.

It’s pretty amazing – watching ballet, learning ballet, just being around ballet in any way.

Magic.

Ballet changed my outlook, opened my eyes, made me believe.

Ballet made me believe in the power of art.

Ballet made me believe that every one can and should dance.

Ballet made me believe that life is a dance.

Ballet made me believe that pain is worth it.

Ballet made me believe that pain is temporary.

Ballet made me believe that dance transforms.

Ballet made me believe that dance inspires.

Ballet made me believe that sweat is awesome!

Ballet made me believe in music.

Ballet made me believe that we can all strive for one amazing moment.

Ballet made me believe that dance is joy made visible.

Ballet made me believe that dance tells the truth.

Ballet made me believe that I can do anything as long as I have the will and I’m ready to work really really hard for it.

How about you? Has ballet or any kind of dance made you a believer? What has dance made you believe?