Misty Copeland in conversation with Jason Reynolds for BLACK BALLERINAS

Loyalty is so incredibly thrilled to host Misty Copeland in conversation with Jason Reynolds for Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast. This is a ticketed event and you must purchase a copy of the book below to be registered for the event. *Plus, receive a signed book plate from Misty Copeland when you purchase a copy of Black Ballerinas! While supplies last.*

*Please note that attendees will receive an email with the event link and password approximately 24 hours before the event.* You can email us at events@loyaltybookstores.com with any questions about the event. For any questions about your book order, please email orders@loyaltybookstores.com. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland comes her most cherished book to date that pays tribute to Black ballerinas, both past and present, who have influenced her on and off the stage. 

Misty Copeland was 16 years old, just one year shy of joining American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) Studio Company, when she saw a Black ballerina, Lauren Anderson, on a magazine cover for the first time. It was that very moment which inspired and empowered Misty with the knowledge that she was part of a grand legacy. Fueled by a history of Black women in ballet that deserved to be widely told and celebrated, Misty was further motivated to pursue and achieve her ballet goals. 

In the years since, Misty has been very intentional about her own journey to learning more about the many trailblazing, courageous women who made her success—and her very presence on prestigious stages around the world—possible. On those days when Misty confronted her own challenges as a Black woman in ballet, she recalled how the women who came before her pushed back against oppression and racism with their talent, bravery, and tenacity, establishing their own unique legacies as ballerinas. 

Contributing to the preservation of the history of Black women in ballet has become one of Misty’s chosen ambitions. That’s why Black Ballerinas is one of the most important books that Misty feels that she will ever publish. Beginning with an intimate introduction from Misty about the impact these women have had on dance and on her career, Black Ballerinas delves into their lives and distinguished journeys, detailing how they each fundamentally changed the landscape of American ballet from the early 20th century to today. 

Throughout the book, Misty presents a select few of these women’s stories that have personally inspired her, while drawing on her own experiences and insights. In doing so, Misty hopes Black Ballerinas will be just the beginning of introducing these, and many other, amazing women to a new generation of readers, giving them the recognition that they—and so many more Black ballerinas—so richly deserve.

“Part of my mission is to bring awareness to the contributions of Black ballerinas. To give a sense of the rich histories of those who may not be documented in ballet history books, yet whose careers—and legacies—are no less valuable and inspiring,” says Copeland. 

The dancers profiled in the book include: Lauren Anderson, Aesha Ash, Debra Austin, Delores Browne, Joan Myers Brown, Janet Collins, Marion Cuyjet, Stephanie Dabney, Francis Taylor Davis, Michaela DePrince, Nikisha Fogo, Robyn Gardenhire, Lorraine Graves, Céline Gittens, Alicia Graf Mack, Francesca Hayward, Tai Jimenez, Christina Johnson, Virginia Johnson, Nora Kimball-Mentzos, Erica Lall, Andrea Long-Naidu, Ashley Murphy-Wilson, Victoria Rowell, Anne Benna Sims, Raven Wilkinson, and Ebony Williams. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African American female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. The bestselling author of Life in Motion and Ballerina Body, as well as an award-winning children’s picture book, Firebird, she is the recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts and an inductee into the Boys and Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2015, Misty was named to Time magazine’s 100 list and Glamour magazine’s “Women of the Year,” and received a Black Girls Rock! Award in 2013. She lives in New York City. Visit her online at MistyCopeland.com. 

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Salena Barnes is a Berlin-based 2-D artist. She creates illustrations, characters, and art assets in the fields of entertainment, lifestyle, and culture.

ABOUT THE IN CONVERSATION PARTNER

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books for young people, including Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten BlocksAll American Boys (with Brendan Kiely), Long Way Down, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (with Ibram X. Kendi). The recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and multiple Coretta Scott King honors, Reynolds is also the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He lives in Washington, DC.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event. 

Event date: 
Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 1:00pm
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Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Salena Barnes (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534474246
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - November 2nd, 2021

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481479790
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Aladdin - December 6th, 2016

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476737997
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: Touchstone - December 16th, 2014

Bunheads Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Setor Fiadzigbey (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399547645
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Firebird Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
Available to order- email info@loyaltybookstores.com
ISBN: 9780399166150
Availability: Not In Store - Available to Special Order
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Long Way Down Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481438261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

All American Boys Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017