Meet Michaela DePrince, the African Ballerina Inspiring Others

Few have been through what Michael DePrince has experienced, or live to tell a story about it in the form of ballet. But then again there are very few incredible women like Michael DePrince whose journey from war-torn Sierra Leone is captivating Hollywood A-List actresses like Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie. In the Spring 2015 issue of Porter Magazine, Tina Brown Editor and philatropist paid tribute to Michaela and her journey thus far. Michaela DePrince was born in war-torn Sierra Leone on January 6, 1995. Her father was murdered by rebels, her mother starved to death. Her story now in a memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe, is born out of her desire to inspire others. Personally, there were so many life lessons to learn from Michaela’s story. I especially loved how she fulfilled her dream of becoming a ballerina, graduating from the American Ballet Theater Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in New York,  having won a tightly sought after scholarship and now dancing for the Dutch National Ballet.

What really stood out for me were the following (in her own words):  “I wasn’t going to be a child without dreams. I wasn’t going to be worthless…Hard work is the only way to make your dreams come true.” And the following; “Although DePrince no longer feels angry about her past and has, thanks to dancing and the love of her family, made peace with it, she won’t be going to Sierra Leone anytime soon. Michaela noted that she wants to be ready when she does, because all the kids in Sierra Leone deserve the opportunities she had. She hopes to open a school there to help their dreams come true too.” Just like I noted earlier, there are rare women like Michaela DePrince, and whenever she is ready to come home, we will be here supporting her all the way.

Source: Porter Magazine, Spring 2015


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