A young dancer from Grantham is jumping for joy after achieving a place at the renowned Pineapple Dance Studios in London.
Kai Stathers, 16, beat off tough competition in a gruelling audition process to be chosen as one of five male dancers who will now be taught by some of the best dance professionals in the industry.
Relatively new to dance, Kai attended the audition just as a form of ‘practice’, so was completely shocked when he was offered a place at the performing arts school.
“It was complete and utter shock,” said Kai’s mum, Sally. “Pineapple Dance Studios is the best of the best – it’s such an opportunity for him.”
A dancer who dreams of being a backing dancer for stars such as Katy Perry, Kai’s love for the arts began when he studied performing arts for GCSE at Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham.
Following school, Kai signed up to study dance at Melton Mowbray College, at which he is currently in his first year.
“He absolutely loves dance,” said Sally. “Dancing has taken over his life and I’m constantly asking him to stand still when we’re out and about.”
If dancing all day at college wasn’t enough, Kai also attends Dance Pointe in Grantham, where he has been learning to dance for more than five years.
Now, as an official dancer at Pineapple Studios, Kai will have to train every Saturday with The London Elite Dance Company – taking part in an intense six-hour dance lesson taught by dance professionals from all over the world.
Kai said: “It’s going to be amazing training with The London Elite Dance Company and it will hopefully help me get to where I want to go in the future.
“I am so passionate about dance, I live and breathe for it.”
Kai, whose favourite style of dance is street dance, will now have to travel to London each weekend to attend the sessions, of which there is a monthly fee, on top of the travel, for the classes of £500.
“We are hoping to raise as much money as possible to help pay for Kai to have this opportunity,” said Sally. “If there are any businesses or organisations that can help to support us that would be great.”
A total of £100 has secured Kai’s deposit and place at Pineapple Dance, but he is currently looking for donations/ sponsors to help raise the remaining fees of £400.
“Please help me to achieve this once in a lifetime dream,” said Kai. “I want to make Grantham proud.”
If you would like to support Kai in the development of his dancing career, please visit his GoFundMe page by clicking here.
Find out more about Pineapple Dance at www.pineapple.uk.com