International Ballet Stars Help Save the Rhino
2 July 2014
Legend Golf & Safari Resort was host to South Africa’s first Ballet in the Bush event.
The luxurious Resort, 2.5hrs from Johannesburg, brought art and conservation together in an unforgettable night of dance and rhinos. After successful ballet galas in Johannesburg, the Stars of American Ballet headed out to Limpopo to perform at Ballet in the Bush on 23 June 2014.
Conceived and presented by ballet entrepreneur, Dirk Badenhorst, and in collaboration with the directors of Legend Lodges Hotels & Resorts, Ballet in the Bush is set to become a spectacular annual event on the arts and conservation calendar. “The art of conservation and the conservation of art”, says Dirk Badenhorst, “is paramount to our natural and cultural heritage and we must work towards preserving these for future generations.”
The ballet stars visited the world’s first dedicated baby Rhino Orphanage and immediately pledged their support in the battle to save the species. Among the stars was Sierra Leone war orphan Michaela De Prince who joined New York City Ballet principal Ashley Bouder in a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the young rhino orphans.
Dutch National Ballet dancer Michaela DePrince: "When I was orphaned I was lucky enough to be surrounded by people who gave me unconditional love. And this is what I see happening at The Rhino Orphanage."
Ashley Bouder: "When we go back to the US we will promote the tremendous work The Rhino Orphanage team are doing. We have a lot of friends and fans who follow us on social media and we will do everything we can to help get the message out there."
Arrie van Deventer, director of The Rhino Orphanage said: "The ballet stars were simply wonderful and one of the baby rhino’s took a real liking to their tutus and couldn’t stop sniffing it! We will be working with them on how we can raise awareness among ballet fans around the world about the work we do here."
The proceeds of this event will go to The Rhino Orphanage and at the event a very generous donation of $6500 for the Rhino Orphanage was also received from some of the ballet supporters and dancers.
by Dirk Badenhorst Presents