Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4)

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Perfect for newly independent readers—discover the amazing life of one of America’s top ballerinas, Michaela DePrince, whose story is soon to be told in a major motion picture directed by Madonna.
 
At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life. She was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone at the time, but was soon adopted by a family and brought to America. Michaela never forgot the photo of the dancer she once saw, and quickly decided to make her dream of becoming a ballerina come true. She has been dancing ever since and is now a principal dancer in New York City and has been featured in the ballet documentary First Position, as well as Dancing with the StarsGood Morning America, and Oprah magazine.
 
Young readers will love learning about this inspiring ballerina in this uplifting and informative leveled reader. This Step 4 Step into Reading book is for newly independent readers who read simple sentences with confidence.
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Michaela DePrince graduated from the American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school in New York, and is a dancer with the Dutch National Ballet. She travels between Amsterdam and New York City, where she lives with her family.


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Random House Books for Young Readers
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Published on
Oct 14, 2014
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Pages
48
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ISBN
9780385755177
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Performing Arts
Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / African American
Juvenile Nonfiction / Readers / Beginner
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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY MADONNA!
 
The extraordinary memoir of an orphan who danced her way from war-torn Sierra Leone to ballet stardom, most recently appearing in Beyonce’s Lemonade and as a principal in a major American dance company.
 
"Michaela is nothing short of a miracle, born to be a ballerina. For every young brown, yellow, and purple dancer, she is an inspiration!” —Misty Copeland, world-renowned ballet dancer
 
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 is the embodiment of what it means to fight for your dream.” —Today
 
“Michaela DePrince is a role model for girls on and off stage.” —NYLON
No orfanato onde foi abandonada, Michaela perdeu o direito a usar o seu nome. Passou a ser o Número 27, era apenas mais uma entre muitas crianças desprotegidas. A sua vida nem sempre foi assim. Michaela nasceu na Serra Leoa. Era a filha única de um casal que tinha a coragem de contrariar a tradição. Fizeram-no ao casar por amor e, mais tarde, ao adorarem sem reservas a sua filha, algo inédito numa cultura que despreza as mulheres. Embora fossem alvo de chacota, os seus pais insistiam para que frequentasse a escola e sonhavam em dar-lhe uma vida melhor. Mas a guerra não lhes deu tréguas. Arrasou aldeias, ceifou vidas, destruiu sonhos. O pai de Michaela foi assassinado por guerrilheiros e, pouco depois, a mãe sucumbiu à doença. Michaela ficou sozinha no mundo.O carinho não tinha lugar no orfanato miserável para onde foi atirada. Mas, um dia, Michaela viu algo que lhe permitiu sonhar pela primeira vez em muito tempo: a fotografia de uma bailarina clássica. Pouco depois, uma família americana adotou-a e não se poupou a esforços para realizar o seu sonho. Michaela deixou a sua África natal rumo aos Estados Unidos e a uma vida repleta de amor e estabilidade. Hoje em dia, é uma das mais promissoras estrelas do exigente ballet nova-iorquino.Michaela DePrince nasceu na Serra Leoa e vive atualmente nos Estados Unidos com os seus pais adotivos. Estudou no American Ballet Theatre e foi a mais jovem bailarina principal do Dance Theatre of Harlem. Na sua qualidade de bailarina, figurou no documentário First Position, bem como nos programas de televisão Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America e Nightline.
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY MADONNA!
 
The extraordinary memoir of an orphan who danced her way from war-torn Sierra Leone to ballet stardom, most recently appearing in Beyonce’s Lemonade and as a principal in a major American dance company.
 
"Michaela is nothing short of a miracle, born to be a ballerina. For every young brown, yellow, and purple dancer, she is an inspiration!” —Misty Copeland, world-renowned ballet dancer
 
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 is the embodiment of what it means to fight for your dream.” —Today
 
“Michaela DePrince is a role model for girls on and off stage.” —NYLON
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