Help Mati become world class dancer

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Raised by 61 people in 32 months
 Help Mathias Toro become a world class ballet dancer


Mati is a rambunctious 9 year old obsessed with pushing his body to do ever more amazing things. As a gymnast, he’s been turning heads since he was four. In our little rural town in Vermont, he was happy to keep practicing hard day in and day out, until an email came that turned our lives upside down: a once in a lifetime chance to audition for the School of American Ballet in Manhattan, NYC.

SAB is one of the top 5 ballet schools in the world. It’s the official training academy of The New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. It’s the big time. So, with some trepidation, we all headed down to Manhattan for the audition in April 2016. After a tense, month-long wait we got the email that would change everything.

"We are delighted to inform you that Mathias has been accepted to attend the School of the American Ballet’s 2016-17 course as a result of attending our recent audition."

Ballet will be a new challenge for Mati. Since he was very young, he’s loved gymnastics. It just came naturally to him. Mati is the kind of kid who would rather practice his sport than do just about anything else: he’ll take any free five minutes to have fun practicing his back tucks, aerials or walking handstands. “He sometimes watches TV with his legs wrapped around his head like a pretzel”.  He knows his body can do amazing things, and he revels in it. In year 2013 and 2014 he achieved second place overall in the state of Vermont in his category and qualified for regionals in year 2014 and 15. In summer 2015 he attended to a one month summer camp in Barcelona Spain with Gervasio Deferr considered number one gymnast in his country.

When he first heard he was accepted at SAB he was shocked “how did they chose me among all those very talented boys” and also a bit sad because he knew it meant he would have to leave his friends. He usually puts together choreographies of gymnastics and ballet at home but never crossed his mind this could happen. He was just thrilled!          

The road has not been easy. Mati has had injuries, he has had to commute with his mom two, three or sometimes even more times a week an hour and half drive each way to his training center in Williston through Vermont’s harsh winters and his parents have sacrificed and invested to keep him training.  But he wouldn’t have it any other way, this stuff is in his veins.

But now with such an amazing opportunity knocking on their door the Toro family have taken the challenge. Mathias is thrilled to give it a shot and his parents are willing to go all the way to make this happen which means they will have to move to NY and get new jobs by summer 2016.

This free tuition program created in the 80's by Peter Martins current Chairman and Artistic Director for The School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet was founded with the idea of attracting and training young male ballet promises.

Even though the program is 100% sponsored by The School of American Ballet  moving to  New York represent an unexpected financial challenge for Mati’s family. With the funds raised through this campaign they expect to cover part of the initial housing and moving expenses.

To make this all happen, Mati needs $5,000.
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Help Mati become world class dancer has reached 51% of its goal. Thanks to Josue, Gustavo and Maria Cristina.
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Friends and family in around two weeks we are half way our goal! Huge thanks to all of you who have supported us in any way. Thanks to you we are closer to making this happen. Also wanted to share with you Mathias's interview at Mountain Times paper from last week.

Amigos y familia en aprox. dos semanas ya estamos a mitad de camino de nuestra meta! Un millon de gracias a todos los que hayan colaborado con nosotros de cualquier forma. Gracias a ustedes estamos cada vez mas cerca de hacer esto realidad.
Quiero aprovechar para compartir la entrevista que le hicieron a Mathi en el Mountain Times en la edicion de la semana pasada.
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Family and friends Our Herald interview from last week is now available on-line.
Want to thank all of you who have shared and donated for our campaign. Little by little we are getting there! Everything helps!

Familia y amigos la entrevista de Our Herald ya esta disponible on- line.
Queremos agradecerles a aquello que han ayudado y compartido nuestra campana. Poco a poco nos vamos acercando! Cada pequemo gesto ayuda!
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$4,330 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 32 months
Created June 5, 2016
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30 months ago
Rodrigo Gomez
30 months ago

Espero sea el mejor.

30 months ago
Carlos Bellorin
31 months ago

"...Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it (...)" Suerte!

Willow Broaddus
31 months ago

Go Mati!

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