funding for my masters

by owen kennedy in Gateshead, England, United Kingdom

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On 18th September 2020 we successfully raised £120 with 7 supporters in 28 days

My name is Owen Kennedy and I am from Gateshead in the North East of England. I was a gymnast from the age of seven to nineteen, representin...

by owen kennedy in Gateshead, England, United Kingdom

My name is Owen Kennedy and I am from Gateshead in the North East of England. I was a gymnast from the age of seven to nineteen, representing Great Britain in 2016. This was also the year I started my dance training. I always loved and admired dance but never really knew anything about it, I just watched music videos and YouTube. After I competed for Great Britain in 2016, I quit gymnastics and enrolled onto a university dance course at Newcastle College. I didn’t know what contemporary or ballet was, I had only seen commercial dance and music videos, I didn’t even know what the positions were or what turnout was in. After enrolling in college,I started to train and take my dancing more seriously and with the help of my teachers, I learnt a lot. After a year my teacher encouraged me to audition for dance schools to continue my training. This is when she told me about Rambert School. After a year in Newcastle, I was accepted into Rambert School into 2nd year. I was very surprised as I didn’t think I would get in however the school saw something in me. I started my training at Rambert in 2018 and since then I have improved a lot. Thanks to the help of my teachers, I gained a great understanding of ballet and contemporary dance and learnt so much more about life in the dance world. It really opened my eyes and I am so grateful for my time there.  I have been given amazing opportunities to work with choreographers including Christopher Bruce and even the chance to learn Fredrick Ashtons work. I also starred in a Robbie Williams music video called Good People. During my graduate year I started auditioning for master’s degrees, jobs and apprenticeships. I was offered an apprenticeship with 2Faced Dance Company, run as a part of Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s masters program. This was just before the covid 19 pandemic happened. When I was offered the placement, I knew that my course fees would be covered by Student Finance and the company said they would also offer me a £5000 bursary to help with my living expenses. I was unsure about taking on a masters program as I was worried about finances, however I love the company so much and when they offered me that support it made it me accept straight away. I would be doing something I love in a great environment and without the worry of money stopping me from doing this. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, my start date was pushed back to late November and they were unable to offer the financial support. During this time, I am unable to work as my normal job is a gymnastics coach and the gym is shut now. This leaves me unable to raise the money myself. Also, I don’t come from a wealthy family, my mother is a single self-employed parent so I’m not able to ask them for support.   So I am hoping that you will be able to help me so that I can accept this apprenticeship and fund my living costs. It would be an amazing opportunity and allow me to learn what it’s like to be in a dance company. I would love to be 2Faced Dance Company’s apprentice

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