Michaela DePrince


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in Sierra Leone
January 06, 1995

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Michaela DePrince was born in war-torn Sierra Leone during the decade long civil war that took place there. After rebels killed her father, and her mother died, her uncle left her at an orphanage. There she was taunted and abused by the women who cared for the children because she had a skin condition called vitiligo, which made her appear spotted. While there Michaela found a magazine stuck to the orphanage gate. On its cover was a photograph of a beautiful ballerina en pointe. Once she saw this, Michaela became determined to be just like that ballerina.

Soon after the discovery of the ballerina, Michaela was adopted by an American family that encouraged her to pursue her passion for ballet. There she became the eighth of their eleven
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“We were blessed, and with blessing comes responsibility.”
Michaela DePrince, Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

“I was graceful in the ballet studio, but elsewhere I was always tripping and running into things. And I was constantly spilling food on my clothes.”
Michaela DePrince, Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

“At that time there weren’t a lot of little boys taking ballet, so some of the girls had been cast as Party Boys. They were often the ones crying. It seemed that nobody wanted to be a Party Boy.”
Michaela DePrince, Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

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