"Life in Motion" by Misty Copeland November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"I know that each graceful glissade where I jump in first position with both legs flickering to a dagger before closing into fifth stems from that disengaged brush of the leg my foot leaves the floor, which stems from tendu, a single pointed toe that I've extended while maintaining contact with the floor."(p. 2)

Based upon the context clues, the word "disengaged" means emotionally detached.

"When the public walks into the hallowed space of the Metropolitan Opera, it sees its glided for your foyer, it's luxe patron boxes, and is grand stage. But behind the scenes there are studio spaces where performers can hone their magic, eking out a final practice before the show begins." (p. 4)

Based upon the text "eking" means obtain or create, just barely.

"It was a melange of all of the new steps that the team had created from Elizabeth."(p. 31)

Based upon the texts context clues, "melange" means a mixture or melody.

"Cindy straddled the lines between elegance and eccentricity, self absorption and altruism. Cindy would also make me a girl with knees curved backward even when I stood straight." (p. 36)

Based upon the context clues, "eccentricity" means strange, out-of-the-ordinary, sometimes weirdly attractive behavior or dress.

"Patrick Bradley, who, I would later learn, was as steady and serene as Cindy was flighty and dramatic." (p.36)

Based upon the context clues, the word "serene" means calm or peaceful.

"Her studio, the San Pedro Dance Center, was in another corner of the community that was far more affluent and much less diverse than mine." (p. 38)

Based upon the context clues, "affluent" means wealthy or has a great deal with money.

"It was like an offer to a job you didn't really want but realizing, begrudgingly, that the perks and benefits would probably be a good turn out." (p. 40)

Based upon the context clues, "begrudgingly" means to admit unwillingly.

"She was different from most people in the ballet world, who felt Giselle and Odette were best performed by dovelike sprites, lissome and ivory-skinned." (p. 43)

Based upon context clues, "lissome" means people or things that are slender, flexible, light, and graceful.

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