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Kids and Teens Regular classes are back on November 16th. Open Training Monday to Thursday: 6pm - 10pm. Friday: 6pm - 8pm. Saturday: pm - 5pm. This is a beautiful, moving story of a family that takes in an orphan from Sierra Leone. The brutality of what michaela experiences early in her life is hard to shake just reading it, it is unimaginable that she was four years old when all these terrible events Happened. Her adoptive family is amazing. Add another star if you love ballet!

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A great read to inspire others and certainly to inspire dancers. Nov 06, Liralen rated it really liked it Shelves: africa , ya , fame-first-book-second , z , dance-gymnastics , nonfiction , make-love-not-war , reviewed. DePrince was born in Sierra Leone, but after rebels killed her father and Lassa killed her mother, she was first sent to an orphanage and then adopted to the U.

While at the orphanage, she came across a magazine cover featuring a ballerina, and -- although she did not at the time know what ballet was -- that cover was a catalyst that helped shape her future. Midway through the book, DePrince talks briefly about some of the lasting impacts of her childhood in Sierra Leone more to th DePrince was born in Sierra Leone, but after rebels killed her father and Lassa killed her mother, she was first sent to an orphanage and then adopted to the U.

Midway through the book, DePrince talks briefly about some of the lasting impacts of her childhood in Sierra Leone more to the point, the war in Sierra Leone -- her childhood was happy until her parents died. She doesn't say as much, but I imagine it was doubly difficult because it was impossible to articulate the things that scared her and why, and impossible for the adults around her in the States to guess.

She makes brief mention, too, of health concerns hers and her sisters' , although she doesn't go far into that -- perhaps because it wasn't the important part of the story, or perhaps because that felt more private. I'd love to know more about her sisters, and her family in general, but in this context it more or less works with what she offers.

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The fourth star I gave the book is partly sentimental; it's a story that tugs on the heartstrings. But for a teenager's memoir written with her mother , it's really well done, and it strikes a good balance between her past in Sierra Leone and her aspirations as a dancer. There's a photo of the pirate dance, by the way, and I'm just sorry that I can't find a video on YouTube. I haven't seen that many memoirs by young dancers. Perhaps this is because they still have, hopefully, their entire careers ahead of them more common to see memoirs by young gymnasts, who might actually be at the end of their competitive careers ; perhaps it is because there is not much outside the norm in their youths.

It's nice to see this one. I'd love to see an adult book from her some time down the line, when she's had time to figure out who she is as an adult and has seen more of the ballet world, but Oct 11, Meredith rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned-books , young-adult , biography , non-fiction. I loved the documentary and particularly her story the best.

When watching a really good ballerina, it is when they extend and hold a position beyond what you think is possible. When they take your breath away for a few moments you know there is something special about them and Michaela DePrince is that good. Her leaps and technique is beyond many her age. I was pleasantly surprised when she and her mother announced they would be writing a book.

I am glad that she was going to be sharing her journey beyond the movie snippets of her ballet and life. Michaela literally came from nothing and one of the cruelest places on Earth.

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She rose from the ashes and made sure her dream became a reality while breaking down racial barriers. What is so stunning about Michaela, besides her gracefulness, is the fact that she doesn't see in color. She simply wants to be the best person and ballerina that she can be without thinking about all the other stuff. While others have been rude or bigotry towards she, she always took in in stride and achieved the dream she wanted to full full since seeing a ballerina on a tattered ballet magazine that blow into her path while an orphan in Africa. This book is a very quick read, but gives a lot insight into what it takes to sacrifice to become the disciplined dancer that Michaela grew into.

A career in classical ballet is not an easy task and Michaela shares her journey from refuge orphan to principle ballerina. It also a tale about two adaptive parents who took the time and love to give a better life then Michaela could have ever imagined. Inspiring and heartfelt, this book will make your heart soar just like Michaela's leaps. Mar 12, Sarai rated it it was amazing Shelves: biographies , young-adult-nonfiction , general-nonfiction.

This is the true story of ballerina Michaela de Prince, who was born in Sierra Leone and adopted and raised in the U. As a young child, she witnessed starvation, abuse, murder, and other horrors, but she survived and thrived in her life once she came to America. I watched the documentary First Position, in which she is featured, because it was mentioned in the book, and the documentary is also worth a look. I thought this was a very good book.

The writing is not flowery, but to the This is the true story of ballerina Michaela de Prince, who was born in Sierra Leone and adopted and raised in the U. The writing is not flowery, but to the point, and very readable. Her story will be an inspiration to young girls everywhere.

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May 23, Chloe Staudenmaier rated it it was amazing. Mabinty Bangura, an intelligent, "spotted" girl from Africa became an orphan at a young age. War and rebel groups lead to her parents deaths. Before her father's death, he made sure Mabinty was well-educated. Because of this, Mabinty's uncle despised her.

Once Mabinty's father died, Mabinty and her mother went to live with her uncle. Her uncle mistreated them both because her mother would not marry him. After Mabinty's mother died, her uncle sent her to an orphanage. Throughout the story, it expl Mabinty Bangura, an intelligent, "spotted" girl from Africa became an orphan at a young age.

Throughout the story, it explains Mabinty Bangura's journey to America. This book shows the difficulties of being a "spotted" African in a new country. The main settings of this story are in the United States of America and at her orphanage. In the middle of the book the setting changes due to her traveling to new countries to get to an international airport where she meets her new American mother.

The main problem throughout this book is how war affects children and there view of the world. I very much liked this book.

I liked the way it was written, and I liked how it kept you hooked throughout the story. I liked the strength of Mabinty Bangura and Mabinty Suma's friendship. I also liked how it showed the struggle for children in war. This book helped me realize that I should not take life in the US for granted. I did not like how gory and descriptive certain parts of the book were.

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