Faber & Faber - Michaela DePrince on ballet, adoption and Sierra Leone
Michaela DePrince on ballet, adoption and Sierra Leone
Michaela DePrince has overcome huge obstacles to become a successful young professional ballet dancer. Born in Sierra Leone, she faced the tragedy of her family's death when she was a child, and life in an orphanage which was itself torn apart in the civil war. From there she was adopted by an American family, with the dream of one day becoming a ballet dancer sustaining her. In this interview she talks about her incredible life, and how she struggled as a young black dancer in the overwhelming white world of ballet. She tells her incredible true story of tragedy and triumph in the book Hope in a Ballet Shoe.