Andrea Kramer, Ballet Mistress from New Jersey, met Alexis E. Cruz Castro during the “Bailar al Sol” project in Puerto Rico. She saw a big potential and great talent in him. Kramer wanted to keep working with him at her School at Ballet Forté in New Jersey. Working together with Kramer, Coqui Charities found a place where he could stay for free and got Alexis a scholarship so he could take private lessons with Andrea at Forte Academy. He was sponsored by Coquí for 7 months until COVID-19 changed our lives. Nonetheless, Kramer keeps working with him online. During his time there he had a few obstacles, a different country, and a different language but that did not stop him. Coquí kept supporting him through the year.
Alexis auditioned for a number to various art schools and got accepted into all of them. However, he ultimately decided to attend Montclair University.
“Coquí Charities, I am very grateful for giving me this opportunity, for your financial support through the year, Ballet Forte and other projects I’ve been part of. I have grown as a dancer, as a person, and my auditions experiences, a year of growing beyond my own expectations.
Andrea was my mentor for almost a whole year, if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t grow as a dancer, and as a person. Show opened new doors for me, she talked to me about the Youth American Grand Prix, she motivated me to enroll and get ready to compete, trusting me since the beginning. It was there when I noticed my growth as a dancer and a person”.
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