Michaela DePrince (born Mabinty Bangura) is a Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer, who, with her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince, authored a bio titled “Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina,” published last fall.
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, Michaela would become inspired by a photo of a beautiful ballerina that would help change the course of her life. At the age of four, she 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 would later appear in the ballet documentary “First Position,” as well as on “Dancing with the Stars,” and other TV programs.
And now her dramatic journey from an orphan in Sierra Leone to becoming one of ballet’s most exciting rising stars, will be told in a feature film directed by music video-turned-feature film director, Sanaa Hamri (“Something New,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” “Just Wright”)
According to Variety, the project is currently set up at MGM Studios, and will be named after the title of Michaela’s book “Taking Flight.”
Alloy Entertainment is producing.
No ETA yet.
DePrince joins Misty Copeland as another star black ballerina whose life will be the subject of a feature film (among other types of media).
Meet Michaela (and her adoptive mother) in the video below: