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Inspirational international adoption story, that's not about adoption!

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Italiangreyhound Sun 09-Feb-14 12:19:55

Just found out about Michaela DePrince. She was adopted from Sierra Leone and taken to the USA. The whole interview is about ballet,

dancetabs.com/2013/10/michaela-deprince-junior-company-dutch-national-ballet/

but this bit is about adoption....

"MH: Tell me a little bit about your family, and how it has supported your determination to become a dancer. Families sacrifice so much.

MDP: Despite the fact that I am the eighth of my parents’ eleven children (nine adopted), my dad never begrudged a penny he spent on my lessons, competition fees, pointe shoes or anything else that would help me progress as a ballet dancer. For years he shared the driving to and from Philadelphia with my mom. Besides driving me, sewing costumes, attending recitals, traveling to competitions and providing homeschooling, Mom taught me everything I would need to know to live on my own as a young dancer. I’m a good cook today because I learned from my mom. However, most of all my parents encouraged me when I was down. When I was going through my awkward adolescence they convinced me that I was beautiful, I guess because that is how they saw me. Even now, that I’m 18 and living far away, my parents email me constantly. My mom even writes me funny poems and sends hilarious photos to cheer me up when I am down. She is absolutely hilarious. The dancers I mentioned were my role models in ballet, but my mom is my role model in life."

holycowwhatnow Sun 09-Feb-14 19:24:07

I love that the reference to her adoption is so minor, it's buried in the article. It's not her USP. Thanks for the link.

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