Nine-year-old Alizay Chou-Lai dreams of being a street dancing champion.
The Cloverlea School student is one of a group of 30 dancers from Turbine Dance School in Palmerston North hoping to raise money to compete in the regional Street Dance NZ competition in Wellington on April 5.
If they are successful there, they will have the opportunity to head to Auckland for a national competition, offering the chance to take part in the Hip Hop World Championships in Las Vegas.
"I only started last year," Alizay said yesterday. "I love it. It's just really fun to get out there and I love performing and I just like dancing."
She said she was "really confident" and loved performing before others.
Dancing made her "really happy. It just makes me feel awesome and proud of myself and I know that dancing can get me a long way in life. I want to be a champion."
Turbine owner and teacher Monique Bell said that when the school received the details of the competition last week, she realised the costs involved meant they needed to raise $11,000.
This included uniforms, costumes, travel, sustenance and entry fees.
She has since been busy trying to secure sponsorships and organise fundraising.
Among other events, the school is holding weekend sausage sizzles at various locations around the city, starting at Countdown Kelvin Grove tomorrow and Bunnings on Sunday.
Fundraising will culminate in two concerts at Turbine Dance Studios in Cuba St on March 29, the weekend before the regional competition.
- Manawatu Standard
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