This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would appreciate any help . Even if it is only a single pound...It all helps. My mum and dad are saving money weekly in a jar at home to help with my travel costs home at holidays for the next year and also with food but I need some help to pay for accomodation in London and also my BUPA to cover any treatment . (private medical health insurance is a requirement of every student at the school).
My journey to being a ballet dancer hasn't been easy. I was diagnosed with autism at 5 years old and had to wear splints and orthopedic boots as the tendons in my legs were so tight I couldnt put my feet flat on the ground. This was caused from tiptoe walking. I didn't speak much and attended a special needs school with a statement of educational needs. I wasn't reading or writing at 8 years old. My future didn't look too bright.
Then I discovered dancing!
My whole life changed completely. My tendons stretched naturally and I no longer needed the boots or splints, I started reading and writing, I made friends with other children and I had found a passion for dance! That passion has grown over the years and it is now my life. Dancing is a part of me and who I am, just as the autism is a part of me too.
My story was first shown when the BBC made a documentary about me called, 'Autism Disco and me'. It followed my disco dancing through to Disco Kid at Blackpool Tower Ballroom and showed how much work I put into my dancing. When I was 11 years old, I applied to Britians got Talent and made it through to the finals (last 10) and did a UK arena tour with the show.
I am a patron /ambassador for Uk charities and perform when I can for many charities in the Uk. I have opened the World autism conference in San Sebastian with the Basque Sumphony Orchestra , danced in New York and run with the Olympic torch. I have had so many amazing opportunities and used my celebrity to raise autism awareness and acceptance wherever I go.
I have been studying ballet at The Hammond school in Chester for the past 4 years on a government scholarship and now need to finish my training so I can join a company as a professional ballet dancer.
Being accepted at English National Ballet was always my dream and I can hardly believe it has happened.
You can help to fulfill my dream and share in my achievements and successes by checking out my facebook fan page where I will post all my progress.
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