Faahkir Bestman is a LeadSA Hero who came to fame for his passion and skilled performance of ballet, despite the odds.
The 12-year-old boy from Hanover Park is leaving the Cape Flats for two weeks in July to study dance at the acclaimed American Academy of Ballet in New York.
I'm very happy and excited to be going to America. When I dance, I feel free. My dream is to dance all over the world.— Faahkir Bestman, ballerino from Hanover Park
The academy awarded him a 25% scholarship and R30 000 was raised through a crowd-funding documentary that was created by two filmmakers.
This little kid lives in this really terrible and dangerous area of Hanover park. He's extraordinarily talented, a beautiful child and helps look after his younger sister when his granny can't sometimes.— Bryan Green, co-filmmaker
Bestman's grandmother and guardian shared the story of his journey with dance and how his dreams have grown across the years.
Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:
One of the reasons he dances is to make his disabled baby sister smile. He wants to dance himself out of poverty.— Bryan Green, co-filmmaker