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Get Thomas to New York for Ballet

Get Thomas to New York for Ballet

Funds Raised:
R 55 976
Fundraising Target:
R 150 000
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This young man of twelve years old from Kommetjie, Cape Town started doing ballet at the age of 9.  Thomas started his Ballet journey at the beginning of 2020.  He did one term and then lockdown happened.  Despite this, he continued on Zoom calls to not lose momentum.

On the 11th of November 2023, he auditioned to join the AAB Summer School for ballet in New York and in true Thomas style, got a 45% bursary. 
The Summer program will run from the 30th of June 2024 to the 3 of August 2024.
This is an incredible opportunity for my young dancer but the fees and flights are currently standing in our way to making this dream come true. It's an incredible 5-week program. 
They will dance/train for 35 to 40 hours a week with some of the best instructors in America.
In the first week, they will only do ballet,  then after that, they will incorporate the other elements in professional ballet such as music, acting as well as some other dance styles.  They will be taken to Broadway to see how it all comes together.  All the students who get to go will stay on one of the college campuses in a dorm style which allows them to interact with their peers and make friendships from all around the world.  The additions were hosted in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, the USA, Canada, Mexico and South Africa.
 
Any donations are greatly appreciated in helping me to make my young dancer's dreams come true!
 
The shows he has been part of:
 
In 2021 he got the part in Peter Pan & Tinkerbell at the Artscape, dancing as the sweet Michael.  After this show the performing bug hat bitten him.
Mid 2022 he auditioned for "Romeo and Juliet" by Veronica Paeper, where he got the role of one of the Urchins.  He danced with international dancers such as Vadim Muntagirov and Fumi Kaneko.  Dancing with a live orchestra was incredible! He was only 11 years old.
 
At the end of 2022, he got the role of Fritz in Veronica Paepers "The Nutcracker".  Whilst dress rehearsals were happening we were told that he should audition for CJB, which is the junior City of Cape Town Ballet, which he has now been dancing with for the past 11 months.
 
He continues to go from strength to strength.  This year, he has danced in the "Symphony of Dance" hosted by CJB.  Followed by Natalie Lissack's "Beyond the Wardrobe" which was her take on Narnia.  He danced beautifully as Edmund as well as quick costume change to being a wolf.
 
His dedication to his dancing has been nothing short of inspiring.
 
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Donations

  • Feb 01, 2024 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Slow and steady. You mom is an incredible human being btw!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 20, 2024 - USD $ 14.31 Fees covered
  • "Go Tom you got this Kiddo! Big things are made of little things To know and understand the big things in life all we need to know and understand is the little ones" - Anonymous

  • Jan 06, 2024 - USD $ 11.56 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Jan 05, 2024 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Happy birthday ;)" - Anonymous

  • Jan 03, 2024 - R 200.00
  • "All the best Thomas!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 03, 2024 - USD $ 11.63 Fees covered
  • "Go for it Thomas!!" - Samantha Croxall

  • Jan 02, 2024 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Every bit counts" - Anonymous

  • Jan 02, 2024 - USD $ 8.84 Fees covered
  • "Reach for the stars!" - Karen

  • Dec 21, 2023 - USD $ 162.08 Fees covered
  • "You’re an inspiration to us all, Thomas! Keep up the hard work and your dream will come true xx" - Anonymous

  • Dec 13, 2023 - USD $ 108.05 Fees covered
  • "" - Celeste Helm

  • Dec 06, 2023 - R 1 000.00
  • "Hold faith and carry on ;)" - Anonymous

  • Dec 05, 2023 - USD $ 1 620.75 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Nov 30, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Keep at it! If we all make a small monthly donation, it all adds up!!" - Anonymous

  • Nov 28, 2023 - USD $ 11.58 Fees covered
  • "Here's to dreams coming true 💃" - Jolene

  • Nov 26, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Follow your dream it will take you to amazing places." - Anonymous

  • Nov 24, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Nov 24, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Good luck Thomas" - DeniT

  • Nov 24, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Chris

  • Nov 24, 2023 - USD $ 114.77 Fees covered
  • "Reach for your dreams Thomas" - Mandy Harrald

  • Nov 23, 2023 - USD $ 5.72 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Nov 21, 2023 - USD $ 11.79 Fees covered
  • "Thomas one day, I hope I get to see you dance in person" - Lara James

  • Nov 19, 2023 - R 200.00
  • "" - Janine Roberts

  • Nov 18, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Best of luck little man!" - Luisa

  • Nov 17, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Hope you get to fulfill your potential. All the best." - Anonymous

  • Nov 15, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best!" - Nina JvR

  • Nov 15, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Nov 15, 2023 - USD $ 29.63 Fees covered
  • "May you soar young man and may this fund add to the wind under your wings 💪🤞❤️" - Anonymous

  • Nov 15, 2023 - USD $ 54.03 Fees covered
  • "Keep dancing!" - Anonymous

  • Nov 15, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "May all your dreams come true." - Nicci

  • Nov 14, 2023 - USD $ 10.81 Fees covered
  • "Continue to dream big" - Anonymous

  • Nov 14, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Rozanne Olivier

  • Nov 14, 2023 - USD $ 11.56 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Nov 13, 2023 - USD $ 57.62 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Nov 13, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "Best of luck Tom!" - Sarah Brocker

  • Nov 13, 2023 - USD $ 57.62 Fees covered
  • "" - Ruck

  • Nov 13, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Nov 13, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best wishes Tom. Getting where you are is hard work. With more to come 🏆" - Anonymous

  • Nov 13, 2023 - R 350.00 Fees covered
  • "Keep shooting for the stars Thomas" - J Dudley

  • Nov 13, 2023 - USD $ 57.62 Fees covered
  • "What a fantastic & inspiring story! Thomas, reach for the stars young man…. I wish you every success." - Nicola Fyfe

  • Nov 12, 2023 - R 5 000.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Nov 12, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Well done Thomas!! This dream WILL come true. We admire all the hard work and dedication you have put into becoming such an inspiration! Keep doing what you do." - Liesl Damain-Harris

  • Nov 12, 2023 - USD $ 28.84 Fees covered
  • "Go for it Thomas!" - Erin Wilson

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Get Thomas to New York for Ballet Campaign