News: Michaela DePrince Q&A with the Guardian

Tuesday 10 February 2015 by Clare Evans

Michaela DePrince
Photo: Gallo Images/REX via The Guardian

Born in 1995 in Sierra Leone during the civil war, Michaela DePrince lost both her parents at age three. After suffering mistreatment from the orphanage she was sent to due to her pigmented skin (caused by vitigilo), she was adopted by an American couple at four years old. Now a professional ballerina with the Dutch National Ballet, Michaela has just published her memoir, and talks to The Guardian about some of the things that have shaped and inspired her.

Europe is great, especially for dance. It’s a lot more accepting than the US – there I struggled with the fact that I was black and there weren’t a lot of black dancers at the studio with me. Although in the US, at least I could look up to [other black ballerinas] Misty Copeland or Lauren Anderson.

Read more: The Guardian, 8 February 2015

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