Chance of a lifetime for Mimi to dance in NYC with ABT

My name is Mimi. I am 11 and I love to dance.I live with my 3 sisters, mom and dad. Dance is my life. I love dance so much that I recently did my science fair project about the dance movement called relevé. I usually dance about 9 hours a week at a dance studio in Plano, TX. There are closer dance academies, but I love it where I am and they have a really good ballet training program. I also get to perform in the Nutcracker as a children's cast member every year. I have been a Baker, Little Sister and Paige in the Nutcracker. I love performing! Currently, I am training to perform a classical ballet solo at the Dallas YAGP Semi-Finals. I went last year to the semi-finals to watch some of the girls at my studio perform and after the first dancer finished her solo I knew I wanted to be in the competition and asked my mom if I could do that. She said, she didn't know, but would try to find a way for me to do it. I am very lucky, because my mom is very frugal and can make my tutu. My mom worked extra hours substitute teaching so she could pay the entry fee and private coaching lessons for me to attend YAGP. I will be performing my solo in Irving the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 2. I think it will be a good experience and the many hours of training I have put in since August has helped me to become a better dancer. A long time ago someone told my mom about a children's dance program that the American Ballet Theatre does each summer and she signed me up to audition so that I could experience a "real" audition in a class. We didn't know if I would be accepted or not, because this is the first time I have done an audition like this. Well, it turns out they accepted me and I need help paying for the trip and tuition. My mom has to come with me since I can't go to New York alone. We will be staying in a woman's residence hall that provides cheap room and 2 meals a day. We will ride the subway or bus in NYC and are trying to be very frugal in planning for this trip. I have made a wishlist so you can see exactly what I need help with. If you would like to help make my dream come true please consider helping me be able to attend the ABT Summer Children's Workshop in NYC. Here I am trying on my YAGP costume for my mom to see how it looks on me while she is decorating it. Here I am at the ABT audition on Jan. 12th. Here is me with my mom backstage (she volunteers at every performance with wardrobe) at theCollin County Ballet Theatre'sNutcracker performance in December.
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