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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

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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's incredible true story is also told for younger readers in Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer.

For more stories of girls and women in dance and the arts, visit our Creative Arts section.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 11 and up
Author Michaela DePrince, Elaine Deprince
ISBN 0385755147
Publication Date Oct 14, 2014
Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers
Language English