“I really believe in this initiative,” says Mara, “I am proud to be able to help children who live a life less wealthy than we all live. We are very, very lucky living in a world of the finest things (like ballet) and I believe dance can speak a universal language and can help me and my friends from The Royal Ballet put something back into the world through workshops with the under-privileged children of this region and also generate funds for various local charities. ”I am very fond of dancing abroad with my colleagues, as we do in my own shows in Italy, ‘Mara in Motion’. We plan to return to South Africa with our Dancing For The Children concept. This is very important to me because it is part of a wider humanitarian aim. It makes me proud and fills me with emotion.
“I strongly believe in giving something back to the world and helping children. When I was eight years old I told my mother that I wanted to be a nurse – and not just a regular nurse, but a paediatrics nurse in Africa. We had studied about Africa in school and I will never forget that. My pre-teen urge to help has not dwindled and that is why it was important for me to be actively involved. So, if I can use my career to help these children, to develop their souls, that’s a project that I value and is close to my heart.”
In 2010 and 2011 Mara organised Galas at Sadler’s Wells, ‘the home of dance’, to raise funds for these charities in Africa which 'Dancing for the children ' supports.
In 2012 Mara took 'time out' to give birth to her daughter Maia !
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