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by David Leone
ROLESVILLE — Rebekah Hayles, an 11-year-old with a big dream of being a professional dancer, needs some help getting her big break.
The Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts student has training in tap, jazz, ballet and acrobatic dancing and has racked up multiple awards regionally and nationally. At one of those competitions, Rebekah won a partial dance scholarship to go train in New York City for a week this summer on Broadway.
But she needs $4,000 to get there. Rebekah’s raised $1,000 so far and the dance academy is holding a car wash benefit to help her this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Advanced Auto Parts, 530 S. Main St. in Rolesville. The wash is free, but any donation will be accepted.
She is also taking donations at a crowdfunding site online at gofundme.com/2pp318, where she penned her appeal.
“This is a dream come true for me! I will train with the top Broadway dance choreographers. At the end of my weeklong training I will get the opportunity to perform in a musical on the Lion King stage. I will perform in front of casting directors and agents looking for new talent,” Rebekah wrote.
Her instructors are gung-ho in support.
“Rebekah is a model student, always ready to learn and master new skills. Rebekah takes the initiative to practice and challenge herself outside of the class as well. At a young age, she strives to better herself in any way to assure her success as a professional in the future,” said Aimee Neri, her dance teacher at the Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts.
“My mom is a schoolteacher and also works many additional jobs to make my dreams possible,” Rebekah said in her appeal. “I am trying to help her with the cost of this trip because I know it’s very expensive.”