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Published on Oct 05, 2012
 

BT budding artists scheme gets girl dancing again

 
 

Schoolgirl ballerina Natalie Chew might have given up pursuing her hobby - were it not for a fully sponsored arts education programme. The CHIJ (Kellock) pupil had ballet lessons from the age of three. But after about five years, she had to stop learning due to a lack of time and the cost of the classes.

Now, at the age of 11, she is able to take lessons again on weekends, for free, at the Little Arts Academy, a performing arts school for beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.

Her hard work paid off on Thursday when she took part in a performance by CHIJ (Kellock) pupils that showcased dances from America, China and Africa.

Titled My World, My Adventure, the performance was part of an event called Children for Children 2012, that also included craft activities and games for 1,255 children on the Ministry of Education's (MOE) Financial Assistance Scheme.