Brazilian dancer Flora Bitancourt is crowdfunding to raise money to take professional dancers with Down Syndrome to world leading festival ImPulsTanz.
She is the founder of Movimentarte, an organisation that uses dance to transform the motor skills, language abilities and life chances of young people with Down Syndrome. It is estimated that there are around 300,000 people with the chromosomal abnormality in Brazil, with support organisation Down Syndrome International recognising around 1.6 million children worldwide.
“We have trained professional dancers with Down Syndrome for the last three years. I want them to go global,” says Bitancourt. “We think that due to the level of technical quality these dancers have achieved we can transform perspectives and transform prejudice.”
It costs R$6,000 ($1,800) to take one person and they’re aiming to take four students and two teachers to the festival. They have currently raised just under R$12,000. Supporters are being offered ‘gratitude kits’, T Shirts and DVDs, empathy workshops with Flora Bitancourt and for one of the two spots for donations of R$10,000 – travel with the company to Austria.
Flora Bitancourt will be hosting workshops at ImPulsTanz, which runs from 13th July to 13th August in Austria.