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Bookshop Santa Cruz Presents: Misty Copeland | BLACK BALLERINAS

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Join NYT-bestselling, award-winning author and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer MISTY COPELAND to celebrate BLACK BALLERINAS.

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From one of the world’s most celebrated dancers, BLACK BALLERINAS is an illustrated nonfiction collection that introduces us to dancers of color who have influenced Misty Copeland on and off the stage. This virtual event is cosponsored by The Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center and the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch.


Tickets include entry to the virtual event plus a hardcover copy of BLACK BALLERINAS with bookplate signed by Misty Copeland. Books will become available after publication date on November 2nd.

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  • SHIPPED to you (either in the U.S. or Internationally).

The link to join the virtual event will be sent to the email address you register upon purchase. It will also be available for ticketholders here on Eventbrite.

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As a young girl living in a motel with her mother and her five siblings, Misty Copeland didn't have a lot of exposure to ballet or prominent dancers. She was sixteen when she saw a Black ballerina on a magazine cover for the first time. The experience emboldened Misty and told her that she wasn't alone—and her dream wasn't impossible.

In the years since, Misty has only learned more about the trailblazing women who made her own success possible by pushing back against repression and racism with their talent and tenacity. In sharing their legacies, Misty brings these women's stories to a new generation of readers and gives them the recognition they deserve, delving into the lives and careers of the women of color who fundamentally changed the landscape of American ballet from the early 20th century to today.

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 a 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 was one of Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year." She lives in New York City.

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.

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Bookshop Santa Cruz is a large independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, California, since 1966. We take immense pride in being an independent bookstore, with the ability and desire to reflect the interests of local readers, and we produce over 100 author events per year both in the store and at offsite venues around town. Bookshop Santa Cruz is a year-round host to locals, tourists, and students alike. Plus we've garnered loyal customers for over five decades and have been voted “Best Bookstore” in Santa Cruz County for more than 25 consecutive years!

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