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Dakota Cockrell: Sponsorship: International ARTS Convention, New York 2020.

Dakota Cockrell: Sponsorship: International ARTS Convention, New York 2020.

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My name is Dakota Lee Cockrell, from Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.  I am a 12-year-old ballerina, with big dreams and a natural love of classical and contemporary ballet, music and all things ART!!. Although I am young, I know where I want to be oneday when I'm big and that is living my dream in the performing arts. When Im not at school, Im dancing or spending my time at E-Vocal Academy, learning about music.

In September 2019, I performed at the International ARTS Africa Talent Showcase (dancing, singing and acting), for an International panel of guests and judges, including Joey Hunter, Nate Butler (A&R of America’s Got Talent), Blaze Johnson (The Voice America, season 8), Joey Zangardi, (Associate Director of Acting and Musical Theater at the New York Film Academy) and Rhavynn Drummer, Independent Casting Director for Tyler Perry Studios.

Following the  International ARTS  Africa Talent Showcase, I was selected to represent South Africa at the IMTA, International ARTS Convention in New York City in July 2020. This International ARTS Convention offers aspiring artists  the opportunity to perform and compete,
as well as exposure to an international selection of agents, Casting Directors, Managers, Producers from Hollywood, Miami, New York, Atlanta as well as Europe and Asia.

I'm humbly asking each of you to please help me chase my dreams by considering donating towards my trip to the United States to enable me to showcase my talent.

Reaching the target will mean that I, a young ballerina from South Africa, will be afforded the opportunity travel to the United States of America to perform and compete at the IMTA, International ARTS Convention, giving me the opportunity to work towards my goals as an aspiring young artist.

Reaching this target also creates hope... for the many young children of South Africa...because despite South Africa being a third world country or the challenges we face, we have first world potential! and reaching this target thus means that raw South African Talent in the performing arts,is provided with the opportunity to gain international training and education.With the current and future return of aspiring artists to South Africa, the impact of this opportunity will also be seen in the growth and development of the local film and entertainment industry, fusing the very best in local storytelling with the latest and best techniques in film making from Hollywood.

For young aspiring performers like myself, reaching this target gives me the opportunity to return home and work towards booking in the domestic market, utilizing the unique learning experience, training and exposure I received while performing for the U. S market. Other Artists may return home to focus on training and building the next generation of artists, based on the skill set we have acquired abroad, while other artists will establish their own space on the international stage in the United States of America and proudly represent South Africa for a global audience to admire.

Part of the funding will be used for workshops of over 20 hours of instruction, onsite at the ARTS Convention, seminars, training and media portfolio in preparation for the International ARTS Convention. This will equip me with skills and experience that will make me more marketable in both the local and international entertainment industry. Below, is a breakdown of the package and what the funds will be used for:

Travel Package Breakdown
The International Modelling and Talent Convention Package Includes:
(Dakota’s full package amount approximately $7000 (U.S) is due by 20 January 2020)

International Model and Talent Association (IMTA) participation fee
2 intensive training boot camps with IMTA Regional Director, Elsubie Verlinden and 33 and Me Teachers before the IMTA convention (60 hours of training): Fashion Runway Techniques, stage presence, Fashion print, TV Beauty, makeup, Jean Modeling, Swimwear/Beachwear, Commercial Print, Model Spot, Singing, Dancing, Theatrical Headshot, Screen Test, Cold Read, Monologue, TV real people, On Camera host, TV Scene, Improve kid’s spot, voice over, stage acting, call back’s and open interviews with agents, performance advice and training for singers, dancing rehearsals and choreography. Bootcamps take place in Gauteng: Accommodation, training and meals included

Media branding and portfolio training
Open interview and callback training
Attendance to all workshops and seminars at the IMTA Convention
Enrolment in four (4) official IMTA performances
Awards night banquet ceremony
Opportunity to win trophies, awards and scholarships
Open interviews with attending agents for every participant
Exposure to agents, talent scouts, record labels, casting directors, acting coaches and managers of the highest calibre from NYC, LA, Asia and Europe
Transport transfers between hotel and airport in New York
8 nights shared accommodation at the Hilton Hotel Midtown Hotel in New York City 17th July 2020 to 25 July 2020
New York City Sightseeing Tour
IMTA Program Book
Workshops of over 20 hours of instruction onsite at the IMTA Convention
?Professional photoshoot, 3 location shots, make up artist, snacks and lunch on set
Marketing material - 20 headshots and 20 comp cards
Portfolio shoot in Times Square and Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Extra showcase performances are $105 each. Meals, (breakfast, Lunch and dinner are not included at hotel)
16th July 2020 departure on SAA direct flight from OR Tambo at 20:50 pm to JFK, landing 17 July 2020 at 06:40am
25 July 2020 departure on SAA direct flight from JFK to OR Tambo landing 26 July 2020 at 07:40am
Travel and medical Insurance and American Visa and Passport
Contestant performance package: showcase DVD and Photography at IMTA


  • Jan 17, 2020 - R 2 010.00
  • "

    I love you Dakota just go and have some fun coz you already so amazing!

    " - Jhan Jones

  • Jan 13, 2020 - R 203.50
  • "Well done, Good luck and enjoy every moment of it Dakota." - Rene Hicks

  • Jan 09, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "Follow your dreams Dakota" - Emelda

  • Jan 09, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Enjoy every moment " - Winston

  • Jan 09, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Goodluck Dakota!" - Randine

  • Jan 07, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "

    Good Luck Dakota

    " - Fatima

  • Dec 30, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck, believe you can and you're halfway there" - Jehan & Kady

  • Dec 29, 2019 - R 719.74
  • "You’ve got this beautiful lady ?? All the best! " - Aunty Lindy

  • Dec 26, 2019 - R 101.75
  • "Good luck young lady!" - Anon

  • Dec 24, 2019 - USD $ 22.10
  • "Good luck Dakota!!! " - Georgia (Greece)

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "

    May your dreams come true

    " - Anon

  • Dec 24, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "

    Good luck!

    " - Ossie

  • Dec 23, 2019 - USD $ 14.05
  • "Good luck Kota I know you can do it" - Nicole

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 1 542.30
  • "Good luck Dakota" - Conway Cloete

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 203.50
  • "Good luck Dakota????????" - Sherelda Kleinsmith

  • Dec 23, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "

    You go Dakota! ????

    " - Vollmer

  • Dec 23, 2019 - USD $ 105.39
  • "Wishing you all the best sweetie! Shine Bright! " - Jos

  • Dec 22, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good Luck Dakota" - J & R

  • Dec 21, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "My daughter loves you! She hopes to be half as an amazing performer as you are! Good luck! " - Tamia

  • Dec 20, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Dakota u r gonna make us proud!!! Keep pursuing your dreams!!!" - Val Rabie

  • Dec 19, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck!!" - Justin

  • Dec 19, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Break a leg!" - Anon

  • Dec 18, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck" - Ivor

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Donations to date

R 14 814.41

Fundraising target

R 40 000.00

Dakota Lee Cockrell Dance Cause

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I am raising funds for my 12-year-old daughter, Dakota Lee Cockrell from Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.   Dakota Cockrell is a 12-year-old ballerina, with big dreams. Dakota has been doing classical ballet (RAD) since the age of 6 and also enjoys contemporary ballet which she started at the age of 10.