Cherae's Road to Debbie Allen

My name is Cherae; I am a sophomore studying dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  I have been dancing since I was 3 years old, making the choice to study dance as a profession at the age of seven.  Dance is not just what I do, it is who I am.  Through dance I am able to let go of my fears, approach challenges, and embrace change.

Dancing for various groups or activities from churches, to social service agencies, to poetry venues, I have been told that I am gifted with the ability to dance. Being unable to internalize that confidence, I have talked myself out of many auditions and opportunities thinking I was not ready or couldn’t compete skillfully.  For the first time ever, I decided to audition for something outside of my comfort zone, The Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) in Los Angeles.  Surprisingly, I was selected for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

The cost of this experience is $5,000 plus airfare. My parents are unable to financially support me in this but I know if I could just raise the cost of the experience, they will do the rest to get me there.  Attending the Debbie Allen Dance Intensive will be a life changing opportunity for me.

I would greatly appreciate any amount of support you could give.  No donation is too small as every dollar gets me closer to my goal of $5,000.  If the world is a stage, then you are the audience. Therefore, I am asking you to help open this curtain for my life time performance.  Thank you in advance for your support.


Sincerely yours,

Cherae Grimes

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Cherae Janelle 
Philadelphia, PA
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