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In her first fitness book, the celebrated ballerina Misty Copeland shares her tips on achieving a healthier, stronger, leaner and flexible body – one of a graceful ballerina AND an athlete, in you.

Following the huge success of her bestselling autobiography, Life in Motion, the first African American ABT principal ballet dancer, Misty Copland, is back with a new inspiring read: Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You.

Misty shot to fame after fronting the Under Armour campaign which portrays women as athletes and a force to be reckoned with. In the ad, Copeland shatters the misconceptions about dainty ballerinas, showing off her honed athletic body and its incredible capabilities. The byline is clear: I will what I want.

Misty Copeland believes: “There has been a shift in recent years in which women no longer desire the bare bones of a runway model. Standards have changed: what women do want is a long, toned, powerful body with excellent posture.” In other words, the body of a ballerina.

In her first health and fitness book, Misty shows women how to find the motivation to reshape their bodies with step-by-step advice, meal plans, workout routines, and words of inspiration. Celebrating the importance of a healthy diet and a fitness regimen based on ballet exercises, Misty shares her own time-tested workouts and her eating plan (including good fats) – both of which keep her in top shape to endure hours of rehearsals on a daily basis.

Misty includes an inspiring section on the importance of finding mentors, and eventually becoming one to others. That, as well as excerpts from Misty’s personal journal, round out this inspiring book on grace and strength of body and mind. Thank you Misty for being a trail-blazer and for making ballet into a rocking art!

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