ITC helps NZ dance group attend global dance competitionPosted on 18/06/2019 by Jess O'Connor
ITC has a long, proud history of supporting community organisations. From raising money for various charities to donating Christmas gifts to the Auckland City Mission, the College supports a wide variety of worthy organisations every year.
So, it’s no surprise that when ITC chief executive Claire Huxley came across a young dance group fundraising to attend a global competition in Hawaii, she wanted to help.
Jaye’s Dance Group’s journey to the Global Dance and Cheer Games was a year in the making, says facilitator Chereen De Breche.
First, the group had to win a place to attend the global competition at the Dance Brandz Regional competition in Auckland.
Then, they had to fundraise to make the dream become a reality.
“Fundraising is very hard and we are so grateful to everyone who supported us,” says Chereen.
“We often (most of the time) have to go without the extras as we just can’t afford. So you can imagine how humbled we were to receive an email from Claire to offer the amazing sponsorship.”
ITC’s donation went towards branded Jaye’s Dance Group t-shirts for the competition (featuring an ITC logo).
“Thanks to ITC’s help, we were able to have beautiful tops made. We were so incredibly proud to be able to look so amazing with our tops representing our studio, New Zealand and ITC.”
The dancers (and their parents) also put in a lot of time to fundraise, hosting events such as sausage sizzles, movie nights, quiz nights, and a showcase.
And of course, they were also training hard for the big competition.
“Our dancers put in many, many hours of extra training, including the holidays and weekends. They worked hard to perfect their dances.”
All of the hard work paid off – Jaye’s Dance Group was rewarded with second place in each of the categories and brought home two lovely trophies.
“The whole experience was amazing,” says Chereen.
“There is so much I can say about the wonderful experiences leading up to and attending the competition, but words just don’t seem to be enough. I know that our dancers will have lifelong memories. Thank you to ITC and all our amazing sponsors!”Posted in In the Community, News | Leave a reply