Misty Copeland: Coming to a Town Near You?

February 27, 2014

American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland has long been one of our favorite people to watch onstage, thanks to her radiant presence and laser-sharp technique. But she’s also made a name for herself as an eloquent spokesperson for black dancers in ballet, speaking regularly and candidly about the pervasive underrepresentation of African Americans—women, especially—in the ballet world.


Copeland, in costume for Prince’s
Crimson and Clover music video. Photo by Matthew Karas.


Next Tuesday her eagerly-anticipated memoir, Life in Motion, hits bookstores. It paints a compelling picture of Copeland’s experiences with discrimination, as well as her struggles with her body—you’ll shiver at her descriptions of being told to “lengthen,” i.e. lose weight—and the extraordinary events of her extraordinary life. (Yes, we get the scoop on her collaborations with Prince.)


Happily for Misty fans, Copeland will also be going on a book tour to celebrate the release, visiting seven locations in March and April and making an appearance on NPR March 7. Is she coming to your town? Here’s the full list:


March 6, 7:30 pm

Dallas Museum of Art

Arts & Letters Live

1717 N. Harwood Street

Dallas, TX 75201


March 7, 7:00 pm

National Public Radio

1111 North Capitol Street NE

Washington, DC 20002


March 8, 1:00 pm

Enoch Pratt Free Library, in Celebration of International Women’s History Month

400 Cathedral St.

Baltimore, MD 21201


March 11, 7:30 pm

Barnes & Noble

150 East 86th Street

New York, NY 10028


March 13, 8 pm

Live Talks Los Angeles, at the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Arts Station

2525 Michigan Ave

Santa Monica, CA


March 16, 2:00 pm

Anderson’s Bookshop

123 West Jefferson Avenue

Naperville, IL 60540


March 17, 11:30 am

Union League Club Authors Group

65 W. Jackson Blvd

Chicago, IL 60604


April 7, 7:00 pm

Boswell Book Company

2559 N. Downer Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53211


In the meantime, you can find out more about Life in Motion and pre-order your copy here.