Hello supporters! My name is Jazmine Monae Brooks and I am a senior in college studying dance at Georgian Court University. I am scheduled to graduate in December of 2014. Throughout my college career I have been pushing myself to enhance not only my technical abilities as a dancer but also my performance quality when presenting myself to an audience. Within the past two years at GCU I have been focusing on where exactly I see myself as a dancer and who I could see myself working with.
Last year my University attended ACDFA which is a college dance festival, where I encountered David Dorfman. Taking David’s master class I realized that the world of dance I would best see myself in is modern technique. I became a faithful supporter of Dorfman since last year’s festival following his work and trying my best to figure out how I could possibly have the opportunity to work with him again. This year in March my university again attended ACDFA where I had the opportunity to not only meet but take class under the direction of Dorfman’s principal Carl Rogers. Carl recognized my talent throughout the entirety of the college festival and personally sent recommendations to Bates Dance Festival so I may possibly have the opportunity of attending.
After submitting my application I received a full tuition scholarship to attend the festival which takes place from July until August. This opportunity came as a shock to me as well as a significant opportunity not only because I will have the chance to study with working professionals and choreographers but also because it is the top modern professional dance conference in the entire world. I say all of this to ask you generous supporters to help me fund my trip because although I have received a full tuition scholarship I still need to pay for housing as well as plane tickets. Bates Dance Festival offers housing that includes a meal plan for $1500, which will cover living and food for the entirety of the program. My plane ticket round trip will probably cost me about $300. The extra money from the fundraising will be for emergencies as well as personal funding needs. With the help of all of you I will not only get to further my learning and performance capabilities as a dancer but I will be one more step closer to living my dream as a professional dancer. The hardest part about becoming a professional dancer is having the opportunity for people to want you, and already I have accomplished this. Applicants worldwide submit applications for scholarships from this program and they have chosen me as one of the recipients.
The financial need seems almost impossible for someone like me who does not have much funding to put towards this opportunity, but I was encouraged by mentors that there are people in my community who love and support me. I will be surrounded by people who not only know what it takes to survive the dance world but they are surviving with continuous work. These people will help me grow to my potential as a dancer as well as open doors full of opportunities that will put my talent to work. I have been told by many with no question I will be successful because of my raw passion displayed on stage and I need the support from YOU to help bring my dreams to light. Please spread the word out and make some noise about my campaign so I may have as much support that I can get hold of. Do not forget to check out and use the Indiegogo share tools! If you have any questions or want more information feel free to contact me. I will have videos and pictures posted so you do not only hear how much I want this but so I may show you how much I want this!
With Love, Jazmine Monae