Young wheelchair dancer excels, off to Holland to compete

12-yer-old Cassidy from Primrose Park has been invited to take part in the Wheelchair Dancing World Cup taking place in Holland in April 2018.

But having a passion won’t be enough to get her to the Holland Dans Spektakel as it will require her to come up with the funds to get there.

Cassidy has spina bifida, a birth defect where there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord.

Cassidy has had 63 operations in her short lifetime, including 8 brain operations in a single month to save her life Cassidy first saw wheelchair dancing on TV and expressed her desire to try it.

The Chaeli Sport and Recreational Club have classes, and so every Sunday she gets up at 6am to go to church and then on to dance class.

She has won a staggering 56 local trophies in the 3 years that she has been dancing, through the Federation for Dance in South Africa.

The Baileys are needing to raise R80 000 to fund competition registration, flights, and shuttles for mother and daughter, visas, accommodation and a tracksuit.

Please email Pippa Hudson on PippaH@primedia.co.za if you are able to help Cassidy make her dream come true.

Take a listen to Cassidy and her mom Esmerelda Bailey telling their inspirational story below:

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