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We bet the news added another foot of height to Michaela's amazing jump. (Photo by Michel Schnater)

Remember back in 2015, when it was first announced that the extraordinary memoir of extraordinary ballerina (and Dance Spirit cover star) Michaela DePrince would be made into a film? Remember the happy dance you did upon hearing that news?

Well, take that happy dance, multiply it by 10, and add some fierce voguing moves to it: We just found out the director of DePrince's biopic is none other than Madonna.

MA. DON. NA.

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A still from DePrince's Chase QuickPay spot (via YouTube)

Gorgeous Dutch National Ballet soloist Michaela DePrince is no stranger to fabulously dancey ad campaigns. (Hello, Jockey.) But her new spot for Chase QuickPay—which you probably noticed during the Grammy Awards Sunday night, and about every five minutes since—might be our favorite Michaela ad to date.

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Happy Thanksgiving, dance friends! Since today is a day for reflection and gratitude (and eating...so much eating), I asked my fellow Dance Spirit editors to tell me the dance-world things they're most grateful for. Here's what they had to say:

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We've been captivated by former cover star Michaela DePrince since her teenage days, when she was starring in First Position and turning heads at The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. (She was featured in our You Should Know column way back in 2012!).

These days, she's all grown up and shining at the Dutch National Ballet.

She's also been doing super-stunning collabs with major brands, NBD. Case in point: the vid below, which features DePrince dancing in some seriously cool Air VaporMax Nikes in a commercial shot for Vogue Nederland.

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It's always recycle day with me, but apparently April 18–24 is World Recycle Week—and H&M wants you to get on board. To make you super excited about recycling, and the very real positive impact it has on the planet, the company teamed up with singer M.I.A. to create a dance-tastic video featuring everyone from bone breakers to ballerinas grooving for a good cause.

See if you can spot DS faves Michaela DePrince and Yanis Marshall, along with many other dancers.

You can even catch a glimpse behind the scenes in this video:

 

Join me behind the scenes when shooting the RE-Wear It video for #WorldRecycleWeek #michaeladeprince @nationaleoperaballet

A video posted by Michaela DePrince (@michaeladeprince) on

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Can't get enough of our September 2015 cover girl, Michaela DePrince? #Same. Well, luckily for everyone, DePrince recently performed at the 2015 Women in the World summit in London, and a video of the performance was made available to the public! She said to the crowd, "I dance to bring joy to the audience. I never let them see my pain, but only my excitement." File that under reason number 12,756 why we love her. Check out the full video from the event below, as well as some beautiful images. For full coverage, click here.

(Photo Katie Booth, via Women in the World)

(Photo Katie Booth, via Women in the World)

Photo by Michel Schnater

Chances are, you're already obsessed with Michaela DePrince. The 20-year-old has been a bona fide star ever since her appearance in the 2011 documentary First Position. She's ferociously talented, for starters, and fans can't get enough of her knockout facility and relentless drive. But her story—as detailed in the recently released Taking Flight, which she coauthored with her mom, Elaine—is also the stuff of fairy tales: DePrince started out as an orphan in Sierra Leone and ended up a world-class ballerina. Huge talent + huge story = media catnip, and over the past few years DePrince has gotten tons and tons (and tons) of press.

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Many of us first fell in love with Michaela DePrince after seeing her onscreen. The 2011 Youth America Grand Prix documentary First Position captured DePrince as a teenage ballet hopeful with an incredible story—and seriously incredible talent. It was enough to hook anybody with feelings and/or eyes.

DePrince in a First Position publicity shot (via First Position's website)

Fast-forward four years: DePrince has developed into a gorgeous artist; is gracing the cover of the current issue Dance Spirit; has a contract with Dutch National Ballet, where she's already dancing soloist roles; and is the author of a beautiful memoir, Taking Flight. Now, in a full-circle moment, that memoir—which traces her journey from a Sierra Leone orphanage to the international ballet stage—is getting a film of its own. Which means it's time for a whole new group of dance lovers to discover Michaela's story onscreen.

Breathtaking. (from DePrince's DS shoot; photo by Michel Schnater)

You might have noticed a sentence about the film tucked into DePrince's cover story. As of this morning, we have a little more information about the MGM project: Respected director Sanaa Hamri—best known for her Jay-Z, Mariah Carey and Prince music videos, the film Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and the (fantastic) Fox drama "Empire"—has been tapped to direct. Which makes us all the more excited to see the finished product.

No word yet on expected release date, but you'd better believe we'll be following this one closely. Stay tuned!

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