As an orphan growing up during Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war, Michaela DePrince found a magazine blowing in the wind. On its cover was a ballerina and a new inspiration. Now, at the age of 22, Michaela is immersed in the world of ballet. She has also danced with Beyoncé, written a book, and is currently working on a movie based on her life. But hers is not a fairy tale. It is a story of resilience in the face This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Ryan Heffington Meet the man bringing choreography, community and queer joy to the desert. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Last Night What did Planningtorock do with their evening? Arts & Culture Issue 36 Bad Idea: Dance Marathons The Depression-era craze with deadly consequences. Arts & Culture Issue 31 At Work With: Kyle Abraham In a New York studio, the choreographer dances, rehearses and breaks down the meaning of his “postmodern gumbo” technique with Djassi DaCosta Johnson. Arts & Culture Jonathan Chmelensky A tour of The Royal Danish Ballet with its principal dancer. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Peer Review: Isadora Duncan Writer and former dancer Suzanne Snider remembers Isadora Duncan: the rebel dancer who challenged classical ballet more than a century ago.