Elizabeth's 2018 ABT Intensive

Elizabeth has been dancing since the age of three and has shone on stage from the first moment she stepped onto it as a party girl in KCPA's Nutcracker (after having joined the cast the night before dress rehearsal). Since that time Elizabeth has practically lived at the studio, taking classes with older girls while Mom taught class. She started pointe this year and made her pointe debute in KCPA's Nutcracker as an older party girl and a snowflake. She is now starting to consider ballet as a possible career choice.

Elizabeth attended the Joffrey Ballet School summer ballet intensive in NYC for the past two summers, but wanted try a program with more emphasis on classical ballet. She was not accepted last year, but after a year of hard work to bring her technique level up Elizabeth was accepted to American Ballet Theatre's 2018 Young Dancer Workshop in Dallas, Texas this summer. This prestigious program will supplement the dance training she receives at KCPA and help her make connections in the ballet world as she pursues the possibility of a career as a ballerina.

Because there is no supervised housing available, we need raise $1,500 to help cover the cost of two round-trip plane tickets, housing for Elizabeth and her chaperone (Mom) for two weeks, and transportation while in Dallas. A very generous donor has already graciously offerred to pay for her tuition.

Any contribution you make, whether monetarily or through prayer, is greatly appreciated and will help Elizabeth pursue her dream.


Kristi Auer Upton
Bradford, NH

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