Misty Copeland isn’t the only ballerina to grace the glossy pages of mainstream magazines these days. The August issue of Glamour magazine features First Position star and Dutch National Ballet coryphée Michaela DePrince and her remarkable story. DePrince’s childhood in an orphanage in Sierra Leone and her rise to prominence in ballet’s world of swans and sylphs is without question inspiring, and not only for dancers.
DePrince’s memoir, Taking Flight, flew off the shelves last year, and MGM has obtained the rights to transform the book into a movie. Thanks to Glamour’s publicity and DePrince’s rising dance career, the audience for the highly anticipated film has gotten even larger.