– guest teacher of Danceworks Ballet Academy in London
Michaela DePrince was born in war-torn Sierra Leone during the decade-long civil war that took place there. After rebels killed her father, and her mother died, her uncle left her at an orphanage. While there Michaela found a magazine stuck to the orphanage gate. On its cover was a photograph of a beautiful ballerina en pointe. Once she saw this, Michaela became determined to be just like that ballerina.
Soon after the discovery of the ballerina, Michaela was adopted by an American family that encouraged her to pursue her passion for ballet. There she became the eighth of their eleven children, nine of whom were adopted. While attending the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre, Michaela worked hard to develop her skills so that she could overcome stereotypes of conventional beauty and racial barriers in the world of ballet.
After she was featured in the ballet documentary, First Position, Michaela debuted professionally as a guest principal at the Joburg Ballet in South Africa. Afterwards she danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem professional company for one year before joining the Dutch National Junior Company as a second-year member and apprentice to the main company. In August 2014, she transferred to Dutch National Ballet. One year later, she was promoted to coryphée and in 2016 to grand sujet, and then to soloist at the end of the same year.
Michaela is ambassador of War Child and is also committed in other ways to give war children a future.
Michaela has taught at our Summer Intensives as well as Masterclasses at Danceworks since 2015. She has also been photographed by Jordan Matter in our studios.
Taken from Michaela DePrince’s official website: michaeladeprince.com