"I am proof that it's possible and we can be part of this culture and I am pushing constantly to promote diversity in classical ballet."
~Misty Copeland , POWER AND GRACE
MISTY COPELAND: POWER AND GRACE pairs together the dancer's words and thoughts with images of her dancing, sometimes in highly unusual environments. The history: "When a baby grand piano mysteriously washed ashore under the Brooklyn Bridge, photographer Richard Corman was instantly moved to photograph influential ballerina Misty Copeland in the setting" (From the press release). Corman went on to take several more photographs of Misty Copeland, and they were woven together into POWER AND GRACE. The photos in the book are a mix of ones from that first shoot and more traditional photographs. The images are in black and white, and the book was designed with pops of neon color to make them stand out.
Here's an example of what I mean:
Here's a video where I show off the imagery in greater detail:
For those who'd like to see Misty Copeland's dancing in action, which no book can replicate, here are clips from Vail Dance 2015 with her performing Romeo and Juliet, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, and White Swan: