An 18-year-old ballerina who was orphaned in war-torn Sierra Leone at the age of three, fulfilled a childhood dream on Wednesday night as she played the lead in Swan Lake at the Lincoln Center.

Michaela DePrince took to the stage at the prestigious New York venue and performed an excerpt from the ballet, which saw her embody the evil Black Swan.

While it marked a milestone in her dance career, the determined teenager told CBS: ‘I feel like I’ve come a long way, but there’s so much more that I need to do.’

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