My name is Katherine Johnson and I am 12 years old. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I dance and rehearse 12-15 hours a week at my ballet studio Diggs School of Dance. I have also been a member of the Diggs Dance company Bayside Youth Ballet for 3 years.
Although I am only 12 I know that ballet and dance is what I want to do for the rest of my life (I also want to write books, I am writing one now that I hope to publish before the end of the year). I hope to one day dance professionally and later own my own studio and teach young girls to love dance as much as I do.
For the past few months I have been auditioning for ballet summer intensives. I auditioned for Interlochen, Joffrey, the Washington Ballet and the Richmond Ballet. I was accepted to all four of them. My mom is really nervous about me being too far away from home, so I decided that the Richmond Ballet would probably be my best choice so that she can still come see me on the weekends, plus it's five weeks, the longest for all of them. As I get older and my mom gets less clingy I hope to attend an intensive in New York City or maybe one in Paris.
My mom told me that she would help me pay for the intensive but that I needed to take ownership of the cost as well. I have already made my countdown calendar and have asked my friends to help me raise money. I have scheduled a car wash, a bake sale and my mom said that I could have a yard sale. I found this site and thought it would be a good idea to try and raise money here too.
My mom always says that every little bit helps, so any amount that you may want to donate helps and I will let you know now that I really appreciate every bit of help that I can get. You can go to my website that I created with my mom at www.atinydancer.com where you can see pictures of me as well as videos. There is also a blog that you can read that I will also keep updated throughout my intensive.
Thank you again for your donations.