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Park Slope’s own teenage dance troupe is one high-step closer to strutting its stuff on the world stage.

The 16 dancing teenagers of Dancewave, the Fourth Avenue-based instructional studio, have been selected to perform at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland next June — but the group still needs to raise roughly $29,000 to get them across the pond.

“We applied and when got accepted, we thought, ‘We’ll find someway to do this,’” said Princeton Spicer, 17, the troupe’s sole male.

This week, Dancewave just might have found that way. Nick Kotsonis, the owner of Park Slope Health and Fitness, stepped forward with a pledge to match up to $10,000 in donations.

The group has been receiving financial aid in smaller ways, too.

“We got a small donation from someone we didn’t even know,” said Sarah Bernbaum, 15. A Rhode Island man who heard about the group’s selection to the prestigious dance event and donated $10.

“He said that his wife was a dancer and she had recently passed away,” said Bernbaum. “It was really sweet. … He said he hung our picture in his office.”

The kids have been contributing to the tab in their own way as well, from donating their babysitting money to hosting a “Holiday Fiesta,” where the group performed and sold baked goods.

“We’re doing whatever it takes,” said Patrice Alyssa Roth, 17. “We’re really looking forward to the trip.”

Dancewave Executive Director Diane Jacobowitz said she’s ecstatic about the idea of the kids going to Scotland.

“There’ll be theater groups from all over Europe … drum groups from Ghana, painters from Japan,” she said. “The kids all get housed together at the University of Aberdeen. They’ll get to share their culture and learn others’ cultures.”

As the only American group selected, Dancewave would represent not only Brooklyn, but the entire United States.

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Updated 5:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Ginny from Park Slope says:
Why is it so expensive to go over there, I think it can be done for less money if they shoped around for better tickets.
Dec. 22, 2009, 5:59 am
CARLOS from PROSpect heights says:
this is great! anyone knows how to donate?
Dec. 22, 2009, 1:18 pm
Veronica from Park Slope says:
Hi Carlos,
Please visit to donate!
Dec. 22, 2009, 2 pm
Carlos from Prospect Heights says:
Veronica, thank you for the info! I just made a donation to the group, towards the trip of these kids. I was in Scotland last year (glasgow and edinburgh). It is truly a beautiful country! I am sure you will do very well on the performances, and I hope you may enjoy your trip, see a lot of cool sites, and eat scotland's great food during the trip!!! Good luck with the fundraiser and happy holidays to everyone at Dance Wave!
PS: I didn't know Dance Wave existed, I just found out from this article!
Dec. 22, 2009, 4:05 pm
Katherine from Cobble Hill says:
Rest assured Ginny that the group shopped long and hard for the very best deal on airfare. The number quoted is the cost of the entire trip for the 16 dancers - air, room and board, festival fees etc.
Any size donation will help this group of talented Brooklyn dancers take part in this very special opportunity.
Dec. 23, 2009, 2:44 am
Diane from Park Slope says:
Thank you so much Carlos! This is a very expensive trip because of our production costs (tech, costumes/props, staffing, etc). Every contribution goes a long way--and we appreciate your help in making this once in a lifetime opportunity take place!!
Dec. 23, 2009, 9:44 am
Chante from Canarsie says:
It is refreshing to hear about something positive happening with teenagers. I will gladly make a contribution to help out these talented kids. Does the group have any upcoming performances in Brooklyn?
Dec. 23, 2009, 10:52 am
Urondah from Park Slope says:
Thank you so much everybody for the kind words and donations. As one of the dancer's in this troop, I can't say how much your gifts and well wishes mean to us.
This trip will be truly magical, and I hope that we learn adn grow from it ways unthinkable right now beore we have gone.
We love you! kisses!
Dec. 26, 2009, 3:55 am
Simplee from Brooklyn says:
This Is Just Another Great Way To Let DANCEWAVE Be Known As This Trip Is Very Important To Us & Were Thankful That People Know How Hard We're Really Working To Make This Trip Become Realiy Like Patrice Said "We're Doing What Ever It Take"
Dec. 27, 2009, 12:47 pm
Urondah from Park Slope says:
I am so excited! Can't wait for the trip.
Before I joined the dance troop I was into drugs and gangs. Now I dance. Moving my body to burn off all of that extra teenage energy I have.
Now I have a chance to see what Scottish drugs are like. This is so exciting!
Dec. 28, 2009, 10:17 am

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