#TBT: When Ballet Stars Were YAGP Competitors

It’s Youth America Grand Prix time again, and when the competition wraps up this week, we’ll meet some of tomorrow’s potential stars. YAGP has a track record of predicting some of ballet’s biggest names. Take a walk down memory lane with us and see for yourself. Before Sarah Lane earned her soloist spot at AmericanMore »

Michaela DePrince Gets Promoted at Dutch National

For Michaela DePrince, 2017 is off to a happy start: Last week, the Dutch National Ballet dancer was promoted to soloist. The announcement came during the company’s run of Coppélia, in which she made her debut as Swanhilda. Dancers Qian Liu and Sasha Mukhamedov were both promoted to principal as well. DePrince’s journey from anMore »

Stars Donate Signed Pointe Shoes for Nepal Earthquake Campaign

Some of ballet’s biggest stars have donated signed pointe shoes to raise money for victims of last April’s horrific earthquake in Nepal. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed over 9,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. And while the disaster is no longer headline news, survivors are still desperate for help.

Michaela DePrince Featured in Glamour Magazine

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.

 

Michaela DePrince Memoir to Get Movie Deal

Michaela DePrince, the aspiring ballerina made famous in the documentary First Position, has grown up into an elegant and successful dancer. She’s now performing with the Dutch National Ballet.

MGM recently announced that the company has bought the rights to adapt Michaela’s memoir Taking Flight, co-written with her mother Elaine DePrince, into a feature length film. The movie will be produced with Alloy Entertainment.