Extreme Vision Dance: Zimbabwe
Six young men from the inner city of Harare, Zimbabwe need your help to make their dream of dancing in America come true. Their talent and hard work have gotten them this far; now all they need are the funds to get them to Las Vegas.
Extreme Vision Dance Group has qualified to represent the entire nation of Zimbabwe at this year's Hip Hop International 2013 Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is an opportunity far beyond anything they could have ever hoped for while growing up in the ghetto of Chitungwiza. With no formal education, they see dance as their only way out of this reality.
Their mentor, choreographer and friend wrote to me explaining that, "Not only do they have no formal education, but they have faced being thrown out onto the street, being orphaned, or living with a single parent who struggles to keep food on the table. They all face the challenge of being unsupported by their families and being continually told that they will never achieve anything or become something and that their lives are worth nothing. Before finding dance, they each had little to no self esteem and yet they are so talented. Going to the US will be an absolute life changing experience; truly their only way out".
With your support they will be able to attend the Hip Hop International 2013 Competition in August. Here they will have the opportunity not only to compete while representing Zimbabwe, but they will also have the chance to meet industry professionals and like-minded dancers who are just as passionate about their craft. This could mean endless open doors to a future in dance and choreography. This is a future that would never be available to them in their current situation.
With very few avenues available to fund raise in Zimbabwe, we are turning to you, the fantastic global community on the world wide web, to help get them where the deserve to be: competing in Las Vegas.
What They Need
Our goal is to raise $30,000 to fund the travel and accomadation needs of the entire group and their managers. This will include flights, hotel and meals for 8 people.
If we do not reach our goal, all the funds that are raised will still go towards EXV's trip to the Hip Hop International 2013 Competition in August. Every little bit helps and gets them that much closer to a dream come true!
With new connections and networks established from their involvement in the Hip Hop International 2013 Competition, these young men will be eqipped with the skills and motivation to return to Zimbabwe and will continue to change their community through dance. They will be able to inspire the next generation of kids to hope for things beyond the day to day struggle of living on the streets.
They are truly dancing to save lives.
Other Ways You Can Help
We know that some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
Share their story through social media!
How ever you are able to share, get their message out there to help reach our goal! Make as much noise as you can!
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And that’s all there is to it.