The Charlotte Leatherbarrow Foundation helps talented 8 to 16 year olds who don’t have the means to realise their potential in the performing arts. Our aim is to help provide training and support for young performers, both as an artist and an individual, so they can flourish in a challenging and competitive world. We are based in the UK.
On the 17th March 2011, Charlotte Leatherbarrow, was tragically killed in a road accident. She was on her way to dance school when the accident occurred. Charlotte was a talented dancer, and had been in training since the age of 4. When she reached 9 years of age she was accepted as a member of the National Youth Ballet Company and was chosen for the role of Tulip Fairy in the film Dance Like The Flower Fairies, beating 1,000 girls to the part. In 2010, at the age of 11, she achieved her ambition of landing a role in the West End show Billy Elliot. She had only just turned 12 when her life was tragically cut short.
In the wake of the accident I have begun the process of starting a charity to honour my daughter. The Charlotte Leatherbarrow Foundation’s express purpose is to help young people realise their potential in the performing arts. The Foundation’s aim is to educate, train and mentor young people who wouldn’t otherwise have the privilege or necessary financial support. The mentoring will be tailor made, not only to meet their technical needs and abilities, but also to help build young performers with professional and personal integrity, and with the strength of character to flourish in a challenging and competitive world.
We offer full and part scholarships to successful applicants where they are given tuition, and mentoring over an academic year in their own dance schools and with approved CLF tutors and mentors. We can suggest an appropriate path for the child in question and help them fulfil their dream. We would work closely with their families and those who have invested their time and energy into developing the child’s talents.
For any additional information, please visit the website or feel free to contact me.
CEO & Founder.