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The wind at my back : resilience, grace, and other gifts from my mentor, Raven Wilkinson  Cover Image Book Book

The wind at my back : resilience, grace, and other gifts from my mentor, Raven Wilkinson / Misty Copeland, with Susan Fales-Hill.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538753859
  • ISBN: 1538753855
  • ISBN: 9781538740170
  • ISBN: 1538740176
  • ISBN: 9781538740187
  • ISBN: 1538740184
  • ISBN: 9781538740194
  • ISBN: 1538740192
  • Physical Description: 225 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
On the shoulders of giants -- It all began tonight -- A distant mirror -- Two women at the crossroads -- Never give up -- Taking flight -- Dreams deferred -- Black swans rock -- Blood, sweat, and swan queens -- Live by the swan, die by the swan -- Dreams realized -- The bells toll -- Taking Raven's breath away -- Transition -- Blackface, racial reckoning, and Raven's wish.
Summary, etc.:
"Misty Copeland made history as the first African-American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre. Her talent, passion, and perseverance enabled her to make strides no one had accomplished before. But as she will tell you, achievement never happens in a void. Behind her, supporting her rise was her mentor, Raven Wilkinson, who had been virtually alone in her quest to breach the all-white ballet world when she fought to be taken seriously as a Black ballerina in the 1950s and 60s. A trailblazer in the world of ballet decades before Misty's time, Raven faced overt and casual racism, hostile crowds, and death threats for having the audacity to dance ballet. The Wind at My Back tells the story of two unapologetically Black ballerinas, their friendship, and how they changed each other--and the dance world--forever. Misty Copeland shares her own struggles with racism and exclusion in her pursuit of this dream career and honors the women like Raven who paved the way for her but whose contributions have gone unheralded. She celebrates the connection she made with Raven, the only teacher who could truly understand the obstacles she faced, beyond the technical or artistic demands. A beautiful and wise memoir of intergenerational friendship and the impressive journeys of two remarkable women, The Wind at My Back captures the importance of mentorship, of shared history, and of respecting the past to ensure a stronger future"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Copeland, Misty.
Wilkinson, Raven.
African American ballerinas > Biography.
African American ballerinas > Social conditions.
Ballerinas > Biography.
Ballet dancers > United States > Biography.
Ballet > United States > History > 20th century.
Mentoring in the arts > United States.
Racism > United States.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Pearisburg Public Library System.


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