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Help Austin to leap to New York

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Austin Tshikosi (17) is accepted for the American Academy of Ballet Summer School of Excellence, New York 2019, with a 30% bursary, but needs funds for the balance.

Austin is an involved Grade 11 learner, at Hyde Park High, Johannesburg. He does well at school and participates in extramurals, including the school’s annual musical production and team sports (his favourite being Touch Rugby). Austin started dancing at eight, at The Dance Art School. Since then, he has participated in festivals, theatre dance shows, musical theatre workshops and Ballet Winter Schools with Joburg Ballet.
His talent has been noticed:
• Hip Hop - Gold medals for three examinations with the Association of International Dance Teachers.
• Spanish - completed examinations up to Cuatro Año with top results from the Spanish Dance Society.
• Ballet - completed examinations from Grade 2 to Intermediate Foundation, achieving Merits and Distinctions, with Royal Academy of Dance.
• 2018 - received 90% for his Ballet Solo at the Roodepoort Dance Festival and a prize for Best Spanish Dancer Amateur for his Spanish Solo. At the American Performance Awards Level 6 examinations, he received a Gold with Distinction and the Bursary to attend the New York Summer School.

He recently achieved a high merit (72%) for his Vocational exam with the Royal Academy of Dance for Intermediate Ballet.

Austin’s parents have cleaning and gardening positions. They are proud of their son and fully support him to follow his dream, but cannot afford his dance training, uniforms, costumes, exams, competition entries or transport.

We have based the fundraising target on 2018 amounts, and on the following items: Passport and US Visa application: R600 + R2,500 Flights to New York: R15,000 return Accommodation (in NYC): R14,000 Summer School: R35,000 (two weeks, inclusive of various dance classes, hostel accommodation, meals and shows performed in theatre) Dance Uniform (specified clothing, dancing accessories and shoes) R10,000 Spending money (food, travelling costs, visits to historical places etc.) R14,000

Donations

  • May 13, 2019 - USD $ 37.09
  • "Good luck Austin, I hope this is the most amazing experience for you! " - Megan

  • May 12, 2019 - USD $ 74.29
  • "All the very best champ. You deserve all that you set your mind to so continue to believe and you will be unstoppable" - O’Brien Family

  • May 02, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Good Luck!! " - Fiona

  • Apr 23, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Wishing you a great adventure, and a leap towards your professional dancing career " - Janice

  • Apr 13, 2019 - USD $ 17.84
  • "Fly high, Austin!!! It's not a lot of money, I'm sorry, but I hope it'll get you a little something special! We all support you!! " - Tracey

  • Apr 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best!" - Inge

  • Apr 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Alles van die beste!" - Lisi van Zyl

  • Apr 12, 2019 - USD $ 75.12
  • "Good luck! " - Dodgen family

  • Apr 12, 2019 - USD $ 78.90
  • "Best of luck from the States!" - Nadia

  • Apr 11, 2019 - USD $ 251.56
  • "For your bag and things that were stolen" - Mari louise Angelier

  • Apr 11, 2019 - USD $ 42.08
  • "looking forward to see Austin in Bolshoi!" - Team Russia

  • Apr 11, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Go for it Austin! " - Tessa Barry

  • Apr 11, 2019 - USD $ 75.37
  • "Go Grand battement some ass! " - Faye

  • Mar 15, 2019 - USD $ 52.46
  • "Congratulations, Austin! I am looking forward to some amazing stories from your trip." - Kate Shaffer

  • Mar 10, 2019 - R 3 552.50
  • "Star in the making! " - Keyter

  • Mar 06, 2019 - R 400.00
  • "Good luck" - Antony Wiley

  • Mar 06, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Well done and Good Luck Austin!" - Marie Hillhouse

  • Feb 11, 2019 - USD $ 15.43
  • "Good luck Austin!" - Mel

  • Feb 04, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "We can't wait to see you on the world's stage Austin! Reach for the stars!" - Jeanne Miller

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "All the best, Austin !" - Gilfillan Family donation

  • Dec 27, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Wishing you every success Austin- go on and do great things!! X" - Miss Main

  • Nov 23, 2018 - R 10 282.00
  • "That's one small step for Austin, one giant leap for mankind." - Himne

  • Nov 23, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "Good luck and congratulations!" - Hayley Davison

  • Nov 19, 2018 - USD $ 75.07
  • "Good luck Austin!" - Fouche-Family Donation

  • Nov 15, 2018 - USD $ 21.93
  • "Take the leap! Xxx" - anonymous

  • Nov 12, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck AUSTIN!" - Bonnie

  • Nov 10, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Well done Austin .... Good Luck xx" - Mary-Anne

  • Nov 08, 2018 - R 257.05
  • "Good luck Austin! What a wonderful adventure." - Celia Haupt

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 45 636.53

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 12 000.00
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Austin Tshikosi (17) is accepted for the American Academy of Ballet Summer School of Excellence, New York 2019, with a 30% bursary, but needs funds for the balance.