People urged to help fund New York dream for young dancers from Carlton

A teenage dancer is urging people to back her Carlton dance troupe and help fund their dream of attending a dance workshop in New York.

Anastasia Riccioletti is a member of Carlton-based Simply Dance Elite Company, which has been offered the chance to attend a seven-day workshop in the American city this August.

The six-strong troupe received a scholarship to attend Phoenix Fire 2019 NYC but need to raise an extra £10,000 to fund the workshop, plus flights and accommodation.

Anastasia said: “Going to this workshop would mean literally everything to us. We all want to be dancers or in the dance industry and this is just going to give us a really valuable glimpse into the industry.”

Anastasia (13), who is a pupil at Carlton le Willows Academy along with two other members of the troupe, has been a member of the Simply Dance school in Carlton since she was nine-years-old and became a part of the Simply Dance Elite Company when it was formed in September last year.

The group, which contains five girls and a boy, practise routines in a variety of styles from street dance to musical theatre and perform at events throughout the year, including carnivals at Arnold and Radcliffe and a health and wellbeing convention at Motorpoint Arena.

The group also auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent last year and have hopes of entering BBC One’s The Greatest Dancer in the future.

As well as holding charity events at the dance studio, Simply Dance company owner Charlotte Davis has set up a Go Fund Me page while Anastasia’s family have launched a Justgiving page in a bid to attract sponsors for the trip.

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