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Michaela DePrince, 17, is making moves in the world of dance. Adopted from Sierra Leone as a toddler, she has gone on to become an elite dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in New York City.
The dancer is one of the six featured in the award-winning documentary, First Position, which “follows young dancers competing for scholarships at the Youth America Grand Prix.” Thanks to an early look at the film, producers of Dancing with the Stars were eager to invite the 17-year-old dancer to perform on the show.
“I can’t sleep!!! AHH!,” Michaela tweeted the night before taping her contemporary ballet number for the show’s AT&T Spotlight Performance. The number was choreographed by American Ballet Theatre ballet mistress Susan Jaffe, reports Philly.com. Dancer Ade Chike Torbert accompanied her in a live performance of Natasha Bedingfield’s new song, “Wild Horses.”
Being asked to perform on Dancing with the Stars was a big honor for DePrince, who shared her excitement on having been invited. “While there, I met the celebrities, and was hugely entertained by Jaleel White, a contestant,” she said. “He still has his huge Steve Urkel laugh and helped relieve any stress I was feeling. Everybody on the show was very nice, and I had a great time dancing with Ade Chike.”
Many doors have been opened for the young dancer, who makes her film debut in First Position on May 11. “My dream is to eventually earn my way to the top of the ballet world and someday become a prima ballerina,” she said.
Take a look at Michaela’s performance on Dancing with the Stars, below: