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The New Michaela DePrince Movie Is Going To Be Awesome

Many of us first fell in love with Michaela DePrince after seeing her onscreen. The 2011 Youth America Grand Prix documentary First Position captured DePrince as a teenage ballet hopeful with an incredible story—and seriously incredible talent. It was enough to hook anybody with feelings and/or eyes. DePrince in a First Position publicity shot (via […]

When Statues Come to Life

You know the sculpture: A young girl in a tutu stands in an open fourth position, gazing up in awe as if she’s watching a prima ballerina leap before her. But you probably don’t know the story behind the sculpture—the story of ballet student Marie von Goethem, who, at age 14, became the muse of […]

Michaela DePrince Is Writing a Book

Not Michaela’s book. (Photo of Michaela by Yaniv Schulman.) People just can’t stop telling ballerina Michaela DePrince’s incredible story. And now the world will get to hear it in her own words: Random House Children’s Books has acquired the 18-year-old dancer’s memoir. Michaela, who grew up an orphan in war-ravaged Sierra Leone before being adopted […]

These Dreamy Photos Make Dancers Look (Even More) Superhuman

I love photographs that capture not only beautiful dance positions, but also the feeling of dance—that crazy kinetic kick you get watching somebody move. Photographer and former contemporary ballet dancer Jesús Chapa-Malacara has figured out a cool lighting technique that allows his images to do that perfectly. They’re artfully blurred, conveying a sense of movement—but […]

Mighty Michaela

I wish I were this cool. (photo by Rachel Neville for Dance Theatre of Harlem) Another day, another accolade for the ever-awesome Michaela DePrince! Michaela was just named one of Women in the World‘s 25 Under 25. To which we say: Duh. Still, considering that the list also includes Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild star […]

Michaela in the Spotlight

17-year-old Michaela DePrince has one of those incredible stories that people just can’t stop telling. (Us included—we first featured Michaela in our April issue.) Now the talented ballet dancer, who was orphaned as a small child in war-ravaged Sierra Leone before being adopted by an American family, has a new video profile from chic online […]