A young Muslim girl is hoping to become the world’s first hijab-wearing ballerina.
After converting to Islam in 2010, Stephanie Kurlow gave up performing as she believed ‘there would be no way’ for her to become a professional ballet dancer.
She is currently raising money to be able to attend a full-time school and increase her chances of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
Ms Kurlow says her dream “is to train in a Full-Time Ballet School catered to aspiring young girls who want to train 30-45 hours a week so they can become a professional ballerina.’
She also has hopes of opening a school to offer young girls opportunities she herself thought were impossible.
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As she explains on her fundraising site, she dreams of opening “a performing arts school that caters to children and teenagers of different religions, races or backgrounds.”
“In this day and age, there is a lack of facilitation for youth who are disengaged or of a different religion or race,” she states.
“I want to encourage everyone to join together no matter what faith, race or colour. To bring harmony and a world of acceptance for future generations.”