My daughter began dancing at the age of 4. She studied at the Richie School of Dance and became a paid assistant/instructor at an early age. She then attended the Capital Area School for the Arts, as a dance major, under the tutelage of Rosemary Battista. She was always the lead and called upon to choreograph pieces for shows in the Harrisburg area. At 18, she discovered the aerial arts with a very small outfit here in central PA called Artz N’ Motion.
At an audition in Virginia, she ran into the father of an instructor for the Cirque School. The Cirque School, located in Los Angeles, was founded by former Cirque Du Soleil artist, Aloysia Gavre. As a part-time waitress, she saved $6,000 and at 19, bought a one way ticket to LA to attend the school. She did have an uncle living in Echo Park which made a place for her to stay very easy. However, 3 months into her training, his mental stability came into question and my daughter literally called an Uber to LAX, buying a ticket on the spot to fly back to Harrisburg.
The 3 children that I raised, to quote a junior high teacher, are “not just great students, but they are awesome human beings.” I am very lucky, but one thing I am not, is wealthy. I am employed at a chain grocery store on the east coast, as a meat manager, and cannot help her nearly as much as I want to. My goal is to get her back out to the Cirque School.
She is a worker. She has a connection for employment at the local Rite Aid and will rely on the metro system (public transportation) to avoid all vehicle costs and maintenance. She is very aware of the costs of living in LA and is willing to seek out a roommate. I feel that if her rent/housing was taken care of, her employment would pay for her classes and training. Funds could easily be paid to the property owner directly, if preferred. Funds could also be paid directly to the Cirque School.
To put expenses into perspective, reasonable lodging ranges anywhere from $1,000-$2,000 per month. Some apartment complexes that are within walking distance of the metro include, Studio Village Apartments, Serenity Apartments, Carlton Way Towers and The Gershwin.
Training expenses range from (on her most recent class schedule) $250-$290 per week, averaging around $15,000 a year. The more she advances, the more expensive classes become. Her goal is to train seriously for 2 solid years.
She has always been the best at everything she has done. I believe the instructors at the Cirque School will vouch for my daughters work ethic, abilities and potential. I would welcome anything to help my daughter chase her dream.
My name is Rob and I can be contacted at email@example.com. My daughter’s name is Kaylea. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has also built her own portfolio website which includes all her work up until 2018. This can be viewed at kayleaburton.wixsite.com/danceraerialist. Password- viewnow