I'm one of six kids from a single-parent home. When I was 13, we lived in a motel, and my brothers and sisters and I slept on blankets on the floor. It was the most difficult time in my childhood.
Nobody expected me to become a ballerina, much less a soloist for the American Ballet Theater -- the first African-American in two decades. But I did. And now I'm living the dream of so many girls around the world. My life feels like something out of a fairy tale.