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Hope in a Ballet Shoe, a book review

If the average teenager proposed writing an autobiography I would laugh.  Michaela DePrince, however, is no ordinary teenager. Her book, Hope in a Ballet Shoe… 508 more words


Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince was born January 6th, 1995 in Sierra Leone during a time of civil war and violence.  At a young age her parents died, her father killed by rebels and her mother from starvation.  270 more words



As Nutcracker season is upon us, I thought I’d take a moment to celebrate three ballerinas. Misty Copeland, Michaela DePrince, Precious Adams. American Ballet Theatre. Dutch National Ballet. 11 more words

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“Hope in a Ballet Shoe” by Michaela & Elaine DePrince, Faber & Faber (2014)

I first heard the story of Michaela DePrince after watching the acclaimed documentary “First Position” a couple of years ago. I am no fan of ballet. 416 more words

Book Review

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Ballerina Dreams

Perfect for newly independent readers—the amazing true story of Michaela DePrince, one of America’s top ballerinas.

by Michaela DePrince

At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life. 121 more words


Book review: Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

DePrince, Michaela with Elaine DePrince. Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. Knopf. 2014. $16.99. 249p. 978-0-385-75511-5. Ages 12-15: When Mabinty Bangura’s doting father died, the four-year-old Sierra Leone war orphan became Number 27 in an orphanage where she was rejected by the adults and most of the other children partly because of white spots on her skin from vitiligo. 95 more words

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