From African orphan to American ballerina

Professional dancer in Harlem wants to set an example to young black dancers and challenge stereotypes.

    Michaela DePrince is a professional ballerina currently with the Dance Theatre of Harlem company, who was adopted as a young child from Africa by a US family.

    She lost both her parents during the war in Sierra Leone and was taken in by a couple from New Jersey.

    Now she is a professional dancer in Harlem and wants to set an example to other young black ballerinas while challenging long-held stereotypes.

    Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports from New York.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    All Hail The Algorithm

    All Hail The Algorithm

    A five-part series exploring the impact of algorithms on our everyday lives.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.