The 23 dancers who attend Lavender Hill High, Steenberg Primary, Levana Primary, Zerilda Park Primary and Prince George Primary schools are now appealing to readers to help fund their trip and make their dream come true.
The Hybrid Hip Hop Dancers come from Montague Village, Overcome Heights, Hillview and Lavender Hill.
Their dance coaches, Liesle Hendricks and Shirene Nyman, say the 23-member crew need to raise R35 000 per person for the trip.
“They each come from different backgrounds and grow up in gang- and drug-infested areas.
“The group has been trying to raise funds, but it might not be enough before the date they have to leave,” says Shirene.
The competition is being held from 5 to 12 August in Arizona.
The crew won the first audition round of Hip Hop International in Johannesburg earlier this year and managed to qualify for the international leg where over 50 countries will compete.
Shirene says the dancers are preparing for the big competition in spite of uncertainty if they will raise the funds.
“They aren’t letting the lack of funds keep them behind. They are practising nearly every day to perfect their skill and the choreography coach, Liesle, trains them really hard,” she says.
“I’m so overwhelmed at their achievement; for these kids it means the world. This is a huge achievement for kids coming from disadvantaged areas.”
If you would like to assist the dancers, contact Liesle at 062 074 2081 or Shirene on 083 516 6040.