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Fly Kai to New York Campaign


The word that started my daughter, Kai’s dance journey. At 3, she saw “Lord of the Dance” on television and decided that she would ‘shuffle’ like them one day. Her shuffle evolved to ballet with Lorraine Moore that year and she has been dancing ever since! 

In 2022, she auditioned for the AAB Summer School in New York and obtained a 60% scholarship award, but unfortunately logistical arrangements and financial constraints, made attending last year impossible. 

Far from being ‘defeated’ , she auditioned again this year, and obtained a 50% scholarship, so plans are now underway to raise the necessary funds to get her there in July 2024. The Summer School includes tuition in ballet, other dance forms, performance nights and visits to Broadway. Dancers from around the world get to spend time developing life-long friendships while staying in dorms on the college campus!  

Her love of dance has allowed Kai to perform the role of ‘Clara’ in Veronica Paeper’s,  ‘The Nutcracker’ in 2022, various roles in Robin van Wyk’s ‘Coppelia’ and ‘Peter Pan and Tinkerbell’, as well as in the ‘Dancer’s love Dogs’ 2023 production. 

She dances with Kim Day and Chivaun Weideman at Reddam House Academy of Dance and has been with Cape Junior Ballet since 2020. The opportunity to attend the AAB Summer School in New York will provide Kai with intensive 35-40 hour sessions per week to strengthen her technical skill and ability. Such an opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! 

Funds raised will assist with the additional tuition and accommodation fees, flights and back-up ballet kit and equipment needed to ensure she is able to participate fully in this experience. Every donation gets her closer to her dream… Principal Ballerina


Fundraising target

R 150 000.00

Donations to date

R 7 193.10

Donor Messages

Bless you beautiful Kai!💗🩰
All the best Kai!!
Shelley Barnard
Go Kai!
Regan Ford
Go get them kid!
Wishing you the experience of a lifetime! xRose,Dave and Emily
Helene Parkins
Sue Gray
Can’t wait to watch you on stage as a principal dancer in the future.
Natalie Arendse
We are so proud of you!You will love NY. The Arendse's
Good luck Kai and continue to dream big. We believe in you. Love Timothy, Kim, James and Daniel.

Activity feed

Anonymous donated R 1 000 via Fly Kai to New York
26 Nov 2023 R 1 000
Shelley Barnard donated R 200 via Fly Kai to New York
22 Nov 2023 R 200
Anonymous donated R 1 000 via Fly Kai to New York
21 Nov 2023 R 1 000
Helene Parkins donated US $ 54 via Fly Kai to New York
19 Nov 2023 US $ 54
Sue Gray donated R 200 via Fly Kai to New York
19 Nov 2023 R 200