Michaela DePrince


Soloist Michaela DePrince was born in Sierra Leone and grew up in the United States. Together with her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince, she wrote the book Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina.

At The Rock School in Philadelphia, Michaela specialised in classical ballet. Her participation in the Youth American Grand Prix gained her a grant to study at American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, in New York. She graduated in 2012 and joined, still very young, the dance company of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. In 2013, Michaela started her career in the Netherlands as a member of the Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company, which had just started up. In August 2014, she transferred to Dutch National Ballet, in the rank of élève. One year later, she was promoted to coryphée and in 2016 to grand sujet, and then to soloist at the end of the same year.

This summer she danced Coppelia in the eponymous animation and ballet movie, which will be in the cinema's in 2020. Michaela is ambassador of War Child and is also committed in other ways to give war children a future.


  • With Dutch National Ballet since:  2013
  • Place of birth:  Sierra Leone
  • Career with Dutch National Ballet:  Soloist (2016), Grand sujet (2016), Coryphée (2015), Élève (2014), Junior Company (2013)
  • Training:  The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School (American Ballet Theatre School) (New York City, United States), The Rock School for Dance Education (Philadelphia, United States)
  • Awards:  2010, Youth American Grand Prix, scholarship to The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
  • Ambassador:  Michaela has been an ambassador for War Child since 2016