Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Immigrant of the Day: Ballerina Michaela DePrince, Sierra Leone

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Photo courtesy the official Michaela DePrince website

Born in Sierra Leone, ballet dancer Michaela DePrince was orphaned at the age of three. Born Mabinty Bangura to a Muslim family, she was sent to an orphanage where the "aunties" who cared for the children believed that her skin condition, vitiligo, was a curse and called her the "devil’s child."  In 1999, DePrince was adopted by a U.S. couple. Inspired by a picture of a ballerina she saw on a magazine in Sierra Leone, DePrince trained as a ballet dancer, winning a scholarship for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre. In 2013, she joined the Dutch National Ballet.

DePrince tells her story in the book Taking Flight:  From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.

 

 

KJ

 

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