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Ballet takes Leah to the UK

Ballet takes Leah to the UK

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Hi, my name is Leah Allen, I am 16 years old and a ballet dancer from Durban, South Africa.

I have been dancing since the age of 3, and about 4 years ago I realised that my ultimate dream was to become a professional ballet dancer. I have dedicated these past few years to my training, and as some of you might know, in January this year I submitted an audition DVD to Elmhurst (one of the leading international ballet schools) in Birmingham UK.

After they viewed this, I was one of 60 dancers invited to attend the final audition for the school’s 3-year dance programme. I have just been notified that I was one of 15 successful applicants and have been offered a bursary towards my schooling!

This is literally a dream come true for me. However with our weak currency against the strong pound, I am needing to fundraise to supplement the bursary and for all the extras including: Flights from Durban to Birmingham, textbooks, monthly expenses, ballet shoes, competitions etc.

I have been so fortunate to have wonderful teachers in SA who have trained and encouraged me to reach my full potential and to them, I will be eternally grateful. To my family and friends for always supporting me - I could not be where I am today without you all. It is not my plan to continually fundraise so I have decided to hit this once and for all! Any contribution big or small will be greatly appreciated.

Quote " No one is born a dancer. You have to want it more than anything” – Mikhail Baryshnikov


  • May 16, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "So proud of you Leah! Can't wait to follow your success. Love from the Seeles" - Liza and Ben

  • May 08, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Congratulations on your achievement Leah - Wishing you a future where ALL your dreams WILL come true. Love Always - Pierrot, Caroline, Leo & Cara" - Bega

  • Apr 29, 2019 - USD $ 50.00
  • "My sister Catherine Hamilton told me about you..all the very best in your career..I hope to see you one day on the big screen..all the best from Bonnie Scotland " - Phyllis Duncan Catherine's sister

  • Apr 27, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Looking forward to watching you grow!" - The Ballet Lady

  • Apr 26, 2019 - R 2 010.00
  • "All our love, The Lloyds xx" - Nicola Lloyd

  • Apr 26, 2019 - R 310.00
  • "Blood, sweat & tears makes a dancer through her years - go make your dream come true beautiful Leah. All our love, The Slaneys xx" - Megan Slaney

  • Apr 26, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Wishing you all the best Leah and so looking forward to following your dream of dance. All my love Kerry xx" - Kerry Barends

  • Apr 26, 2019 - USD $ 437.68
  • "Go fulfill your dream!" - Metziep

  • Apr 25, 2019 - R 359.87
  • "What an exciting your DREAM! Good luck and happy dancing days ahead x" - The Andreous

  • Apr 24, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "So proud of you Leah!! the Falki clan" - The Falki's

  • Apr 23, 2019 - USD $ 37.15
  • "Look to forward to following your journey. The Lilfords" - Anon

  • Apr 19, 2019 - R 1 542.30
  • "May you continue to realise your Dream" - Mandy Daviea

  • Apr 19, 2019 - USD $ 35.56
  • "Congratulations Leah and Good luck!" - Bron

  • Apr 18, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "You’re well on your way to achieve your dream... so deserving! " - The Altshuler Family

  • Apr 18, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Can’t wait to follow your career Leah!" - Sim

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Donations to date

R 18 938.15

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Leah Allen Ballet Cause

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Leah Allen was one of 15 successful applicants to have been offered a place at Elmhurst ballet school in Birmingham. She has also been offered a bursary towards her schooling and is crowdfunding to help cover other expenses like flights and equipment.