ILW.COM - the immigration portal Immigration Daily

Home Page

Immigration Daily


Processing times

Immigration forms

Discussion board



Twitter feed

Immigrant Nation


CLE Workshops

Immigration books

Advertise on ILW

VIP Network




Connect to us

Make us Homepage



The leading
immigration law
publisher - over
50000 pages of
free information!
Immigration LLC.

View RSS Feed

Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Immigrant of the Day: Michaela DePrince - Dancer

Rate this Entry

Not enough attention is focused on the contributions of people who enter the country under the refugee and asylee programs. Today's IOTD is Michaela DePrince, a ballet dancer who came to the US as an orphan from Sierra Leone. I remember one of my first cases as an immigration lawyer was helping a family from that country and remember the terrible civil war there that took such a toll on so many people.

The Associated Press has a nice story on Michaela's ascent from refugee to up and coming ballerina:

She escaped war and suffers a skin pigmentation disorder that had her labeled "the devil's child" at the orphanage. She's an African dancer in the world of ballet that sees few leading black females. She was adopted and raised to become a ballerina in the U.S. - a country where she believed everyone walked around on tippy toes.

On July 19, Michaela performs in her first professional full ballet, dancing the part of Gulnare in Le Corsaire, as a guest artist of South Africa's two biggest dance companies, Mzansi Productions and South African Ballet Theatre.

Her ascent to stardom in the ballet world has been fast, if not typical. At 17, she's already been featured in a documentary film and has performed on TV-show "Dancing With the Stars". She just graduated from high school and the American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and will go on to work at Dance Theatre of Harlem. Her family recently moved from Vermont to New York City to support her dance career and her sister's acting and singing. Michaela said she has been offered many opportunities to dance with companies in Europe and in the U.S.

Read more here:
Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	c62554d217.jpg 
Views:	50 
Size:	12.2 KB 
ID:	115  

Submit "Immigrant of the Day: Michaela DePrince - Dancer" to Facebook Submit "Immigrant of the Day: Michaela DePrince - Dancer" to Twitter Submit "Immigrant of the Day: Michaela DePrince - Dancer" to Google Submit "Immigrant of the Day: Michaela DePrince - Dancer" to StumbleUpon Submit "Immigrant of the Day: Michaela DePrince - Dancer" to Reddit Submit "Immigrant of the Day: Michaela DePrince - Dancer" to Digg Submit "Immigrant of the Day: Michaela DePrince - Dancer" to

Tags: None Add / Edit Tags


  1. Bess's Avatar
    The documentary that Michaela stars in is a new award-winning film called FIRST POSITION. It is still in theaters and you should see it if you want to learn a lot more about her inspiring story.
    The film is also currently available on Video On Demand via most cable/satellite TV providers in the U.S.
  2. Max's Avatar
    Should HR3012 become a law, people like Michaela, who don't qualify for asylum, will not be able to emigration to the US via the employment-based categories without waiting for decades for their turn.
Put Free Immigration Law Headlines On Your Website

Immigration Daily: the news source for legal professionals. Free! Join 35000+ readers Enter your email address here: