Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by war, saved by ballet: an extraordinary true story

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by war, saved by ballet: an extraordinary true story

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by war, saved by ballet: an extraordinary true story

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After finding hope and dreams just from seeing a picture of a ballerina in a magazine while living in an orphanage Mabinty was adopted and lived in a large multicultural family full of love, support, and a belief that she could become anything that she wanted. I would absolutely love to read a biography of her American mother who adopted lots of children and gave them all a superbly warm home.

Hope in a Ballet Shoe is the emotively uplifting, coming of age autobiography of ballerina Michaela DePrince. Fearful, hungry and riddled with disease, Mabinty was surviving as best she could in an orphanage when one day the wind blew a magazine through the orphanage gates. Tending to his grandfather's beloved bee hives while preparing for a second stint in medical school, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . Uncle Sulaiman, a humble but brave night watchman, who barely knew me, risked his own life and said, “Please do not kill her, she is just a poor orphan pikin,” as he lifted me out of the hands of a band of debils (rebels). It is a truly inspiring read that I would recommend to anyone over the age of eleven, for an insightful peep into culture, prejudice and ballet!Released in the US under the title Taking Flight, this is a biography, not a novel as some reviewers seem to think. On its cover was the picture of a young ballet dancer and, in that moment, a spark flared in Mabinty's heart.

She even observes first hand the murder of her favourite teacher at the orphanage before fleeing to Ghana where her adoptive parents arrive to take her and her best friend to the USA. Michaela DePrince's story is very heartwarming and I really enjoyed getting to know her through this book. It was wonderful to read about one couple making such an immense difference to the lives of these girls.It honestly sickened me at the racial prejudice and bigotry that Michaela and her family were faced with and I so immensely admire Michaela's constant courage and perseverance, her love for ballet and her wish to allow black ballerinas to be a social norm instead of a rare occurrence in the ballet world. Oh, yes, on one or two occasions an older dancer or teacher will comfort her as she deals with nerves or the loss of a role, but very superficially. I've been wanting to read this book for quite awhile now, especially since starting ballet a couple of weeks ago, so when I saw it at the library I may have quite possibly let out a series of demented shrieks and frightened the librarian away but I WAS JUST SO EXCITED. Fast forward 15 years and Mabinty, now Michaela, is an international ballet star dancing for the Dutch National Ballet. Last but not least among those who saved me, is the little girl who was my constant companion in the orphanage, Mabinty Suma.



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