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Help send Kaya to Ballet Chicago Summer Intensive
$2,515 raised
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Ended Jun 23, 2014
Hi Everyone!  I am 16 years old and have been dancing for only a few years. I began when I was 13.5 years old. Ballet is my passion! I hope to be a professional dancer one day.  I attend the New Mexico School for the Arts on almost a full ...

Hi Everyone!  I am 16 years old and have been dancing for only a few years. I began when I was 13.5 years old. Ballet is my passion! I hope to be a professional dancer one day.  I attend the New Mexico School for the Arts on almost a full scholarship for the residential program. I live at the dorm during the academic week, and return home on most weekends.    In order to be accepted to NMSA I had to be interviewed and audition. I performed a variation from Paquita. I was overjoyed when I received my acceptance letter, I wasn't expecting it as I was a beginner. 

This year, I auditioned for the Ballet Chicago Summer Intensive and was accepted! I couldn't believe it! Attending Ballet Chicago's Intensive has alway been a dream of mine! It will improve my technique and chances of becoming professional one day. Classes are 6 days a week all day long! I am ready for this! I was awarded a 25% scholarship, but it is still nowhere feasible for me to attend!

The program will cost a grand total of $6000. Not included are flights and pointe shoes. A kind friend of my cousin Caitlin Figurski has offered to house me! This reduces the cost of housing from $2500 for the five weeks to $500

We are trying to raise:

$1700 (remainder of cost after scholarship)

$500 housing

$800 (Two flights. One for my mom to accompany me to Chicago and get me settled.)

$500 (Required attire, L train monthly pass and pointe shoes and spending money)

This is a grand total of $3500. Impossible for me or my family. 

I have already babysat on almost every weekend I have been home and sometimes on weeknights in Santa Fe. As of today I have raised $500 and will continue. 

Thank you for any donation. Really - don't hesitate to donate $5. It will make a huge difference and perhaps allow me to attend!

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