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Jordan Nata'e Wandick, a Bakersfield dancer who competed on "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2016, has been accepted into a summer intensive program at Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. She started a GoFundMe campaign to help her pay for it.

Felix Adamo / The Californian

If you watched local dancer Jordan Nata'e Wandick on "So You Think You Can Dance" and couldn't wait to see her become a star, she's well on her way. But she needs some help. 

Wandick, who was on the Fox show's 13th season in 2016 with other young dancers ages 8 to 13, has now set her sights on the Joffrey Ballet School jazz and contemporary summer intensive program in New York City. 

Through a GoFundMe campaign, Wandick is trying to raise $5,000. As of Wednesday at 4 p.m., $420 was raised from 12 contributors.

"My family has sacrificed so much and (my) mom has given all she has to let me follow my dream but spending a summer in NYC is very expensive," Wandick wrote on the GoFundMe page. "You have my tuition and housing and food. It just really adds up."

The summer program is also a chance for Wandick, 15, to possibly get a scholarship to a year-round Jazz Trainee Program into which she has already been accepted. That program, which would have her study and train in New York City with the best teachers and choreographers, is "every dancer's dream," she wrote, but one she won't be able to accomplish without a full scholarship.

"I know that if I'm given the chance, I will be able to show Joffrey just who I am as a dancer, performer and person and win that scholarship. But I won't be able to do any of this without special people like you willing to sponsor me."

During her stint on "So You Think You Can Dance," Wandick was put on the team of Sasha Mallory, a "SYTYCD" all-star and former Bakersfield resident herself. Although she finished in eighth place based on a home audience vote, she wowed judges and viewers alike. 

“We are securing the future of dance in this country with talent like you," judge Nigel Lythgoe told her on the show.

Find Wandick's campaign page at gofundme.com/jordans-dancing-dream.

Kelly Ardis can be reached at 661-395-7660. Follow her on Twitter at @TBCKellyArdis.

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