There is a children's book that I have had since I was little called Dancing in the Wings by the ballet and dance legend Debbie Allen. It is illustrated by the talented Kadir Nelson. When I was reading Life in Motion by Misty Copeland I couldn't help but notice the similarities between Sassy and Misty. They are both discriminated for a trait that, according to some, doesn't belong in the dance world. Sassy is extremely tall and Misty is African American. Here is the full description from the Barnes and Noble website:
Sassy is a long-legged girl who always has something to say. She wants to be a ballerina more than anything, but she worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream. When a famous director comes to visit her class, Sassy does her best to get his attention with her high jumps and bright leotard. Her first attempts are definitely not appreciated, but with Sassy's persistence, she just might be able to win him over.Dancing in the Wings is loosely based on actress/choreographer Debbie Allen's own experiences as a young dancer.
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.
- Barnes and Noble Description of Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen