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Recover Like a Ballerina: Stretches From Misty Copeland’s New Book. by Ballerina Body. March 29, 2017. 3 Comments. In her new book, “Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You,” professional ballerina and Under Armour athlete Misty Copeland shares her secrets for how to reshape your body through movement and diet to achieve a.

Recover Like a Ballerina: Stretches From Misty Copeland’s New Book | UA Record In her new book, “Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You,” professional ballerina and Under Armour. From her book, “Ballerina Body,” Misty Copeland, the first African-American female principal dancer for American Ballet Theater, emphasizes her need to eat for energy. Read More. May 13, 2017. Recover Like a Ballerina: Stretches From Misty Copeland’s New Book. by Ballerina Body May 13, 2017.

In her new book, “Ballerina Body. This is a short book review of Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You by Misty Copeland. I think Misty Copeland’s dedication actually sums up the book really nicely: “ To all of us on this journey working towards a healthier life and a happier heart, we are in this together. In her first health and fitness book, Misty Copeland shows women how to find the motivation to get healthier and stronger, and how to reshape their bodies to be lean and flexible, with step-by-step advice, meal plans, workout routines and words of inspiration.

Celebrating the importance of healthy fats and a fitness regimen based on ballet exercises, Misty shares her own time-tested exercises and an eating. The reason why I picked this book up was to read about Misty Copeland’s unlikely rise to star ballerina in the American Ballet Theatre. These snapshots of her life, coupled with her honest discussion of her struggles with being the lone African American dance For books of this genre, the basic info wasn’t anything new to me: eat right, get.

Now 34, Copeland has reflected on her journey and compiled the lessons learned along the way into her new, maiden health and fitness book, Ballerina Body: Dancing and. In Ballerina Body, Copeland recommends sitting up straight in a chair or against a wall, relaxing your body and slowly breathing in through your nose to a count of four. Then exhale through your mouth to. “We are real women and ballerinas, muscular, feminine but also strong, lithe but also curvaceous,” Copeland writes in her new book, Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner.

Stretching Beauty: Ballerina Misty Copeland on Her Body Struggles Misty Copeland was living her dream as a ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre. Then her body issues threatened to derail her.

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She also described pain during relevé and a feeling that something was keeping her from fully plantar flexing to demi-pointe and en pointe.

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Her rippling chains of bourrees on pointe, her long, supported balances on one toe with the other leg probing floorward like a swan’s neck or beating against the ankle like a quivering wing were all made possible by the changes in technique.

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  • i think these are some standard streches for ballet, gymnastics etc. and im not impressed because i am a gymnast. Im not that flexible but alot of my teammates are.

  • Although I agree, she does not have superhuman ballerina flexibility, she is still almost that much to the average eye. A normal person who doesn’t work in careers like ballet, gymnastics, contortion, or figure skating may as well see her having it since they’re comparing her to themselves when they can’t simply do a split.

  • it’s so funny that you think is more the best human… because that’s what “super” means. Super = best… So you implicate that this being is best human in the world… I have to disagree… She is JUST a ballerina… she is earning money by her body… I think there are better people than her… for example scientists, doctors, teachers… She is paid just because she is beautifule doll on a stage… that is not a definition of the best human for me…

  • Can we please just respect Misty? No one ever said Misty was the one who made the title to this video.. I am a dancer and yes, these stretches are the standard of all dancers, it is not standard to an average person. Even the slightest lunge is hard to do for most people. Let Misty breathe golly!

  • Please! Where is the superhuman flexibility? For a ballet dancer this is the routine…Take a look inside Vaganova academy of russian ballet and then we can talk about extreme flexibility.

  • “Superhuman”? Hahaha? The propaganda machine doesn’t know what to do or say to make this woman look like an ultimate ballet star anymore…

  • Her calves are too bulky for ballet. She can’t do 32 diverted either
    Hey Dr. Oz. Can you do a segment on the new non invasive cast free, crutch free bunion surgery? We need segments on foot care, carpal tunnel

  • One of my friends actually did have to go onstage to do a Kitri variation with wet nails. We were literally side stage before hand fanning her fingers relentlessly.

  • I love Misty but that shot of her in the leg hold when the vid came up in my feed looks like she’s lost flexibility. She’s sunk into her hips, hunched over and the camera angle is trying to hide her bent standing leg.
    This isn’t a hate comment, as I said I adore her, and with age these things happen:( but the pics could have shown her off in a better light.

  • I love Misty Copeland because she gives me hope; she started dance at thirteen. I’ve loved ballet since I was super little, but i could never afford it until I learned that my local studio does scholarships, that was this year. I’m 14, a year older than when she started ballet, but how late she started while having other obstacles as well shows me that it’s POSSIBLE for me. Possible is all I need to make it happen.

  • Oh my god! Look at her legs. These are the most ugly ballet dancer’s legs in the world. Please, please don’t show them like that!

  • I read: Misty Copeland’s Ballet Hacks and I was soooo ready for it. Yes Misty, help me become a better dancer!! But I guess beauty hacks are good too

  • to misty Copland I even did a class report about the assignment was to right a essay with poster board and was about think of the most inspirational person I could think of and that person was u������

  • Misty is a big inspiration to me. I do take ballet and sometimes it doesn’t meet my expectations I look at her on the poster in my room and say, well Misty probably hates warm up too?

  • 3:27 REAL ballerinas are like the movie “Black Swan.” People who spend their time at the “Dog Pound” and making YouTube videos, however….

  • Why do 98% of the comments obsess about her race? Divided between “she is not black enough” or bigoted racist comments that she is “too black”. The only issue I am interested in her talent and balletic abilities. Does anyone posting moronic comments even acknowledge how incredibly hard it is for ANY ballet dancer to be a soloist or principal dancer at American Ballet Theater? This is a world class ballet company with brutally competitive, nearly impossible high standards to achieve to be hired for this ballet company. The WORST thing about 98% of posts do not bother to mention her phenomenal artistic ability. For the record, she is biracial, so get over it…….why not just WATCH her dancing ballet instead of playing the race card and posting racist rants? She does mention the issue of race in this clip since less than 1% of professional ballet companies hire black dancers. A tiny infintessimal smattering of Asian/Hispanic ballet dancers and almost NO black ballet dancers, so it stands to reason Misty Copeland would mention her race in this segment. I followed her career and she does NOT try to play the race card and never makes a big issue of race. She is focused on ballet and artistry.

  • I think Misty is amazing but like we get it she’s a black ballerina the first Principal with ABT. Misty you know all the evils of ballet, unfortunately. The evils of Hollywood which I see you are breaking into make the evils of ballet look like a two year olds dress up tea party. Please keep your awareness level high because being successful in in Hollywood involve things 100 times scarier than your worst nightmares. You’ll be manipulated so easily that you won’t even realize you were manipulated and it is terrifying. I say this only from love and care and genuine concern. Please your an amazing beautiful soul, get out before it’s too late. You’re in my prayers. May God Bless you now more than ever☆

  • I am not a professional ballet dancer. I am a 46 year old woman who takes ballet classes for fun, and dances all the time, every chance I get, because I love dancing. I used to study ballet as a teenager in hopes of becoming a professional dancer but that did not materialize. I quit for a long time and fell into anorexia nervosa for many years. I still exercised up to 3 hours per day (in addition to working full time) but the combination of exercising so much and eating too little really damaged my body. I now suffer with osteoporosis. I fought my way out of anorexia with lots of help and regained to a healthy weight four years ago, and when I began to recover mentally, my love of dancing resurfaced. Only a year ago did I find the courage to sign up for adult ballet classes. It has been a blessing in so many ways. It has improved my posture (which is crucial when you have low bone density), given me more confidence in my body, helped me appreciate my body and take care of it because ballet is hard work and I need energy and stamina so I can concentrate and be the best dancer I can be. I love that now I can dance for the sheer joy of it and not worry about making the next class level or whether I will ever be accepted by some company. I still get to perform with the school I go to (which is attached to a company). Dancing as an older adult is more freeing and is very beneficial to the body. I also support local talent and ballet/dance companies where I can. I often struggle with communicating feelings, but dancing gives me an outlet, a way of expressing myself when words just won’t do. It truly is an awesome endeavor and very much underappreciated.

  • She makes a good point about anorexia, how can a person have the strength to perform some of the indicate steps if a dancer is anorexic.

  • +Harley Su Yeah, that’s the EXACT same thing a FAMOUS disgruntled
    female tennis player said about Venus and Serena Williams getting so
    many sponsors when they hit the scene (and beyond they still get
    commercials and are spokespersons, and where is that hater?). WOW,…so
    when NON-African American people get praise and publicity for their
    talent and hard work they deserve it, but when African Americans get praise and publicity for their talent and hard work it is ONLY because of THEIR RACE???
    And again…WOW!!!!

  • I really like Misty but honestly, if it wasn’t for her race, she wouldn’t have gotten so much publicity, she would just be like another ballerina, regardless of when she started ballet

  • It always amazes me how people still try to divide us black people. EMANCIPATE YOURSELF FROM MENTAL SLAVERY NONE BUT OURSELVES CAN FREE OUR MINDS. Read the history of lynching who created it and why!!!!

  • I am a muscle ballerina. I thought that because of my legs that my dream would not come true. But I watch you and I have confidence in myself! And now I’m going to GKA’s trading program!! Thank you so much!! I am truly grateful!!!

  • I’m a dancer who’s a regular American Ballet Theater-goer and frankly was very surprised to find out she’s black by reading about it. It’s not obvious at all from the audience. And when I saw her pictures online I thought she could be Hispanic. Are ballet dancers who look Hispanic held back in their careers JUST BECAUSE of their skin color? I have no doubt Misty Copeland, who has one white parent, believes her “blackness” is a big issue. Thanks to her publicist, she has made that a selling point to the ignorant masses who go “wow” at the sight of anything ballet dancers do. A friend of mine who has been in ballet class with Misty and likes her, also said she’s “almost white” and has gorgeous legs but no special qualities that stand out. At this point, what defines Misty Copeland is her “black ballerina” label, NOT her dancing, which deserves no position above soloist in a major company like ABT. I hope she will prove otherwise this year.

  • To have this sort of dedication to her craft is nothing short of amazing. Such a beautiful person and an amazing dancer. All you haters out there should try and do what she does. Irrespective of whether she is white or black what an amazing thing to do. Coming from being a 13 year old being rejected for not fitting a certain model of what a ballerina should look like to where she is now.she deserves ever accolade she gets.

  • I love Misty Copeland’s book, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina’s Story. I want the story to go on forever! All the best to Misty Copeland!

  • I really don’t care what color or race she is, but the other day I saw a black/american african  pastor saying obama is white because his mother was white. so… is she white to some and black to others? I’m not american and for what I have seen some things are quite different in america.

  • I wanna be like her cause I’m crazy for ballet although I don’t learn it.i use my school shoes as pointe shoes and dance on the tip of my toes literally!��

  • Love, Misty. I’ve been following her career since she was a kid. The debate here about her race is telling, though. People here don’t seem to realize that ‘black’ (and ‘white’ by extension) is an economic and political definition, not a necessarily a racial one. Blackness and whiteness are ethnically meaningless. There are no ‘black’ or ‘white’ genes. Copeland does have an ethnically diverse heritage as most African Americans do, but she also has just enough African heritage and the stereotypical associated phenotype to associate her with the political class ‘black’. Why this is so you’d have to go back to slavery and when it was economically and socially necessary for slave owners to categorize mixed race children as black, thus the ‘one drop rule.’ That rule didn’t go away with slavery. Look at ballerina Raven Wilkinson, or even actresses like Freddie Washington or Lena Horn, for example. Added to that is Copeland’s upbringing, association, experience, and socialization-all from a ‘black’ perspective. Your personal thoughts on her race dwarf to her day to day experience. My mother is mixed and can pass for white but identifies as black because her entire upbringing was around black people. It had nothing to do with denying her white half. She just has no relationship with it. And she gets upset when people question her ‘authenticity’ as a black woman. I imagine Copeland goes through the same thing from time to time.

  • Why people only think if you have dark skin…that mean your black…which isn’t true….being African American does not mean your skin is dark…or brown…. Its your culture or your beliefs or your heritage that make u black

  • Ok people google Susie Guillory Phipps, she is white but on her birth certificate it say she is black and she identify herself as white. I want to hear what everyone has to say on her story

  • Misty Copeland: An Unlikely Ballerina’s Story
    Published on 13 Feb 2014
    Learn more about Life in Motion at Misty Copeland discusses her inspiring and at times heartbreaking journey to become the third African-American soloist in the history of the American Ballet Theatre.
    Standard YouTube Licence
    AUG 28, 2014

  • I’ve never understood the attitude of Not Dark Enough….on the other hand, I don’t understand Not White Enough either.  I believe that if Ms. Copeland can learn the choreography, she should be allowed to dance the role, whether the role in question is the Firebird, The White Swan, Giselle, or the Sta-puft Marshmallow man!

  • The incredibly sad thing about all of these ridiculously ignorant comments is that nobody is focused on who Misty Copeland is as not only a ballerina/athlete but as a human. For any HUMAN this kind of accomplishment takes hard work and complete 110% dedication. The fact that she is a certain skin color should be irrelevant but its not because our society sucks.

  • She might be African American, but certainly not black. Theres a rather mixed racial heritage over the ages in the US. My black friends here in Africa would agree.

  • I applaud this woman for everything that she does to inspire others within her career. Because at the end of the day it is about her purpose in life; and its to keep hope alive.

  • How do you define whos black? Cuz this girl obviously has more Caucasian ancestry than African…….I guess if you have ANY amount of African blood, you must be black.

  • How ridiculous and ignorant people are to argue over what race she is. She knows who and what she is. Why do people who don’t know her personally or know anything about her feel they have the right to define who she is? Stupidity and ignorance are rampant in these posts. #racepoliceonpatrol

  • Why does Ms Copland identify herself as black even though she has German and Italian? One you have to look at how she was raised and lastly go back and look at American history. Google One drop rule it will explain why people mixed with African American or black consider them self as black/African American

  • I am reading these posts and all I can think is…What the H difference does it make what color she is are what her racial makeup is?  She is a phenomenal ballet dancer. I think that instead of the insipid Isabelle American Girl Doll they should have made one of her. She is a strong role-model for girls of all heritages or color. 

  • really… she’s not black. if anything she’s half black or a quarter. or 3/4ths… cue all the black people who claim her and are so ignorantly proud of it. 

  • BALLET IS A SPORT! I got into ballet when I was 6 years old and did it until I was 12. I was part of a strict ballet school that was owned by a woman with a prestigious last name in this industry. I was taught by a russian teacher who himself was and still is a remarkable ballet dancer. The amount of work, drive, mental effort and strength it takes to survive in this environment is almost unbelievable. Not everyone is born to do this. I thought I was until my legs started to mess up on me. We didn’t have enough money for me to also be getting proper therapy on the side, therefore I had to put prima ballerina dream aside. It hurt so much inside knowing I had to leave that life behind me. Fortunately I had another skill that helped me get into sport in high school. And because of my ballet experience it helped ME have an amazing drive in swimming. Ballet is most definitely a sport and it will keep shooting up in the ranks. These dancers will keep working tirelessly to prove to thw world what they are made of! PURE GRIT AND GRACEFULNESS!!!

  • She’s an inspiration not only to little brown girls. I’m a 52-year-old white woman who’s a painter. There are many, many talented artists out there competing for few slots in galleries, as grant recipients, etc. Whenever I get discouraged, I think of Misty and I resolve never to give up.

  • Who cares what race or nationality she is?  She’s amazing and has more talent in her little finger than any of us sitting here typing comments.

  • Me: knows nothing about ballet aside from three years of training when i was little that i forgot
    *does taekwondo now

  • I think she has abnormal flexibility by genetics those extreme stretches are beyond any normal body, even trained ones. Super stretchy people like that usually have difficulty building muscle to support the body structure and stop the too extreme movements like what she said about hyper mobile ankles.

  • I don’t care how thin you are; I believe ballerinas are some of the strongest people. Yeah I wanted to know if they ate or do they stick to a diet? It’s such a graceful and beautiful dance. I wanted to become a ballerina when I was a kid. Just thinking out loud; I’d be SOOO bulky. Athletically built, my body would probably look like one of the guy’s body, lol. That would be a wear on my psychic. Still it’s a beautiful dance.

  • Insider, promoting anorexia is not what I enjoy watching. I do not mean disrespect to a dancer. It is her own choice and story. Perhaps, she keeps that physics in a healthy way. It is not impossible. However, I could not focus on anything else, but being terrified. Aside from a person, I dislike a concept of picturing that level of skinny as,,workout goals”.

  • I remember years ago on a Mr Rogers episode, an NFL player (Lynn Swann?) took class with a ballerina to try to increase his flexibility and balance.

  • People say that dancing isn’t a sport because it looks so easy but that is literally the whole point. It is such a hard sport but we have to make it look light and graceful and easy, which is the hardest part.

  • There are people with a schedule like this and people still have the AUDACITY to say dance isn’t a sport. It is one of the hardest, most impressive, strongest and technical sports out there!

  • she might be of those persons who are extremely aware of their body skills and I am sooo damn jealous (yes, I do know everybody can come so far but it is damn hard, isn’t it)

  • I absolutely hate people who say dance isnt a sport. Like not just random dance actual dance, where you put your energy and love or pain into it.

  • Now who said ballet was a sport? Proud to be part of this talented community! ��

    Note: don’t come at me by saying ballet is an art.

  • this is well done by glamours creative team and ms. copeland. however, the shot of her bourreing on point is ugly. i hate her brown pointe shoes. id love to see her in some pink freeds on her gorgeous feet. it would of been softer, prettier, and in alignment with the soft pink theme that threads throughout this segment.

  • These are the women who make healthier role models perpetuating art, skills, natural beauty and determination rather than the plastic photoshopped and vapid “influencers”.

  • Allure? Really? How about let’s stop glorifying ballerinas and maybe pay more attention to female athletes who don’t get enough attention…like actual strength athletes. Don’t get me wrong ballerinas are amazing athletes, but they are talked about enough in our culture. Female athletes like powerlifters, Olympic lifters, rowers, hockey players, basketball players, softball players, etc. don’t get enough attention or recognition because their sports aren’t seen as beautiful. And it’s a shame because these athletes train extremely hard AND lift a lot of weight. They are conventionally strong. Society frowns upon women who are physically strong and have very muscular physiques. I’d love to see a rower or a female powerlifter featured to break the stereotype that lifting heavy or being strong makes you bulky and less feminine. It doesn’t. I’m a powerlifter and no one would say I’m bulky, yet I compete at an elite level. Little girls need strong women to look up to. I want little girls to not be afraid of putting on healthy muscle for fear of being too big. Too many little girls are exhibiting disordered eating behavior because they want to be thin and elegant like a ballerina or a model. I should know, I was one of those little girls and now I’m 15 months in recovery from a terrible eating disorder. We need to protect our little girls and show them it’s okay to be strong and muscular…fat is necessary for us to be healthy, etc.

  • Some ballet dancer’s do demonstrate a greater musculature than other’s,I do not believe it alter’s performance or ability.Take a look at Sylvie Guillem!

  • I starter ballet at 3 quit at 12. Because I realized that risk of injury, lack of longevity, a demand to maintain an unnatural physique was a major turn off. But I found barre at 30. It is a great work out

  • My only issue with ballet is that their parents had to decide to put them in it. If you’re like, college age with your own money, you’re already past your prime to perform professionally.

  • That’s too much, being in a ballet company is already very physically draining, she’s setting herself to being at much higher risk of injury by adding all that extra workout. She should be working on her artistry instead, if she is so obsessed with the physical aspect she would have better become a gymnast. Dancing is more than just body technique.

  • What ppl don’t realize is that they actually eat ALOT! When you’re physically active your body requires more fuel. These ladies aren’t starving like before they just work their ass off!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • She talks about having the ballet physique and how to obtain it, She also talks about how they don’t want to bulk up. My question is, why must the ballet physique be slender? Some individuals can not obtain such a thing due to their physical build. Talent isn’t always determined by body type.

  • When you realize all humans have the same 24 hour day. This woman is absolutely mesmerizing to watch! Powerhouse.��������������������������

  • How is she half black when she has two black parents. There’s 16 shades of “Black” but of course the blind deaf and dumb will never understand. It amazes me how ignorant ppl can be just because of the simple fact that she embraces herself as black ballerina. But you all would rather her be something else beside black because you all are threatened by the fact that this amazing black women is killing it in classical ballet and is opening so many doors for other black dancers��

  • YUk, i don’t think ballerinas can dance at all. They lack synergy and magnetism. What they are are hybrids, bright sunflowers atop thin stems. Becoming a gymnast in the gym will never improve her dancing yet is perhaps where she’ll be happiest. In fact i’m already cringing at the type of music that could inspire or turns her on.

  • It makes me sad that I never get to experience this. Started dancing ballet as a child but lost my ability to stand in a car crash. Maybe my daughter will one day start ballet, but I will not force her to it.