Aspen is sixteen and dreams of one day performing with Cirque du Soleil. She works hard for that dream "“ training in running (for cardio strength), dance, and circus arts nearly 20 hours every week, while attending high school full time, and working part time as an aerial arts coach. She also performs as an aerial artist and tight-wire walker whenever she can, as a member of Le Petit Cirque, a wonderful children's circus troupe based here in Los Angeles.
We were thrilled and delighted when Aspen was admitted (in spite of some fierce, worldwide competition for a very limited number of spots) to summer circus training camp at Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal. She's been invited to travel there for intensive summer camp training and we very much want to make it happen for her. Unfortunately, it's not something we can cover at this point.
We're hoping to raise $5,500.
The first $3,500 raised will cover the cost of her airfare, lodging, meals, training fees and fundraising expenses. If we can get to $5,500 "“ she'll be able to have Mom and/or Dad in the audience for her final showcase on the last day of training.
Aspen has been supported every step of the way by a great many wonderful, awesome people. We greatly appreciate your assistance and support in helping her take this next step toward her circus dream.
Thanks to the amazing Jim Whaley for these amazing photos of Aspen in action, performing with Le Petit Cirque.
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