Shae Berney

Aspiring male ballet dancer

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The English National Ballet School have invited me to attend their 3-year full-time training programme in London.

I've been dancing for just three years but in recognition of my potential, they've offered me a scholarship.
Now my parents and I need to find the funds to cover:
- airfares
- accommodation,
- uniform,
- and living costs

I'm trying to do my part by working in a retail store Saturdays and Sundays and in the holidays, helping my Grandad at his business. My parents are saving (like crazy) but there's still a way to go.

I'm posting this in the hope that dance supporters and proud kiwis, may be generous enough to help me go all the way - to follow my heart, fulfil my potential and get a young New Zealand male ballet dancer up on the international stage. It would also be really great if my work inspired other New Zealand boys to get involved in the Arts and dream big.

Thanks for reading my post. Your support would mean a lot.
Dance is really everything to me.


  • Made it through my first term :)


    WOW what a term it's been!!! Heaps to learn and work on and expectations are very high...

    Loving it though and meeting amazing people from around the world.

    My teacher is tough but I can already feel and see the improvement. I entered the school knowing that it was going to be challenging and it certainly hasn't disappointed. I feel I am getting stronger and my technique has improved already.

    During our mid-term break I was fortunate to have the opportunity to take part in a pantomime "Sleeping Beauty" at the Dorchester Hotel. I played the role of Carabosse. This was my first time performing in a pantomime and really enjoyed it as it pushed me out of my comfort zone.

    At the end of term we had a Christmas Performance where we performed class work and a repertoire piece. It was a great opportunity to perform in front of a live audience and for students to show their families their development so far. Unfortunately my parents were unable to come.

    I have been home for 2 weeks for our Xmas term break, but I am looking forward to heading back to London to finish my years training and wanted to thank you all again for your continued support  :)

    Made it through my first term :)
  • A Star in the Making :)


    I am so excited...Not long now until I leave for London to start my training and my life as a dancer!

    I leave on Monday 29th. My Boosted project finishes on Friday (3 days time) and as you can see I still have quite a way to go to reach 100% of my target of $5,000.

    If the target is not reached in time then all of the current donations that I have received will be returned to you all  :( So it would be great if you could help me one more time and share my page through your social media networks to give me more exposure. Hopefully that will generate some more interest.

    Something really cool has happened to me which has come from being on Boosted. I have been approached by a current affairs programme called The Hui which airs on TV3. Ruwani Perera (ex Fair Go) and her cool cameraman, Arthur, followed me around for a couple of days to the studio, school and at home and interviewed ME. They tell my story from how I got into dancing and how much it means to me. Such a thrill and great fun :)

    It will be on air on TV3 at 9.30am on Sunday 4 September. Sadly I won't be here to view it but I hope you all are able to watch the show and let me know what you think...

    Thank you all again for supporting me to this point. It is now up to me to make you all proud and I hope that you all continue to follow me on my journey and look me up when you are in London :)

    A Star in the Making  :)


    Here is my amazing support teacher and Director of Chilton Dance Centre, Bronwyn Bennett, saying nice things about me  :)