I danced from the time I was 4 years old until I was a Junior in High School. Thinking back on it, I never really took it too seriously. These kids in this documentary are super dedicated, and you definitely have to be that to make it to these levels... read about it and watch the trailer for "First Position" below:
|17 year old dancer Michaela DePrince on Dancing with the Stars|
A Huffington Post article published earlier this month discusses the racial obstacles DePrince and dancers like her face:
Being a “dark black ballet dancer,” she said, means she has to work “10 times harder” than everyone else.
In 2007, The New York Times reported that though “other minorities have made inroads in classical ballet, the complicated reality of racial inequality persists, especially for black women.”
That being said, DePrince was recently featured in the just-concluded season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
See Michaela and the other young Youth America Grand Prix hopefuls in the First Position trailer in the video above: