History was made this past June when Misty Copeland was named the first black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. It was a momentous announcement that brought Copeland—and many others—to tears. As the title of her memoir states, Copeland is an “unlikely ballerina,” someone who didn’t even began dancing until she was 13 years-old. Some may find it disconcerting that in 2015, we’re still celebrating “black firsts,” but Copeland’s Life in Motion as well as Michaela DePrince’s Taking Flight discuss how they persevered against personal struggles and racism in the world of ballet. DePrince, who danced for Dance Theatre of Harlem, is now with Dutch National Ballet. Their stories matter to so many black girls who aspire to become ballerinas. The books featured include fiction and nonfiction picture, chapter and young adult titles.