Taking flight : from war orphan to star ballerina

by DePrince, Michaela,

Format: Print Book 2014
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The extraordinary memoir of an orphan who danced her way from war-torn Sierra Leone to ballet stardom, most recently appearing in Beyonce's Lemonade and as a principal in a major American dance company.

"Michaela is nothing short of a miracle, born to be a ballerina. For every young brown, yellow, and purple dancer, she is an inspiration!" --Misty Copeland, world-renowned ballet dancer

Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a "devil child" for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life.

At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is now the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has appeared in the ballet documentary First Position , as well as on Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America , and Nightline .

In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet's most exciting rising stars.

"Michaela DePrince is the embodiment of what it means to fight for your dream." -- Today

"Michaela DePrince is a role model for girls on and off stage." -- NYLON
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The journey for Mabinty Bangura from a precocious child with a doting father to tortured war orphan number 27 to star ballerina Michaela DePrince is both harrowing and extraordinary. Writing with her adoptive mother, Elaine, Michaela recalls her birth family and village life before the Revolutionary United Front ran rampant over Sierra Leone and everyone and everything in their destructive path. Michaela's condition of vitiligo, which causes spots on her skin, intensified her challenges. Called a spotted devil child, Michaela used her disease to scare off undue harassment. From the moment a magazine photo of a ballerina flew into her face while living at the orphanage, Michaela's dreams were formed. Being placed in an American home with a loving adoptive family, where Elaine transformed vitiligo into pixie dust and supported her every aspiration, is the truly unheralded foundation to Michaela's dedication to live her best life.--Bush, Gail Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Starred Review. A compelling narrative of the journey of an African orphan whose hard work, emotional strength, and supportive adoptive American parents helped her build a life as a professional dancer, 19-year-old Michaela DePrinces memoir, coauthored by her mother, holds many stories. Chapters on Michaelas early childhood in Africa present a powerful portrait of family love and affection set against horrific images of the violence enacted by rebels in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. Later chapters offer a close look at the ups and downs of adapting to life in America for the four African girls Elaine DePrince and her husband ultimately adopted. The books strong thread is Michaelas lifelong passion for ballet and her candid depiction of the physical and emotional struggles of becoming a black classical ballerina. There is plenty of ballet detail for dance lovers to revel in, and the authors achieve a believable, distinctive teenage voice with a nice touch of lyrical description: I... learned that pain, like the green of the jungle leaves, comes in many shades. Photos not seen by PW. Ages 12-up. Agent: Adriana Dominguez, Full Circle Literary. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects DePrince, Michaela.
Ballet dancers -- Sierra Leone -- Biography.
Ballet dancers -- United States -- Biography.
Orphans -- Sierra Leone -- Biography.
Publisher New York :2014
Edition First edition.
Contributors DePrince, Elaine, author.
Language English
Description 249 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780385755115
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