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Ballet star wins top scholarship
Young ballet star Megan Payne has won a scholarship to a prestigious dance school in London. From the Evening Advertiser (Swindon)

The 12-year-old dancer, who attends Wootton Bassett School, has been awarded her course fees for classes at the Arts Educational School in London, which she attends every month.

Megan has to audition every year to keep her place at the school and beat off 250 other children from around the country to win the honour.

"I feel quite pleased but I am not really sure why they picked me.

"I love dancing, it makes me happy," she said.

Megan also has weekly lessons at the Cockram School of Dancing, held in St Bartholomew's Church hall in Wootton Bassett, where children aged from three to 18 learn ballet, tap, modern and national dance.

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BALLET BOY WILL DANCE AGAIN
From The Evening Telegraph (Derbyshire)


Derby's own Billy Elliot, whose dream of becoming a ballet dancer could have been shattered when bullies injured his foot, will dance again.

A physiotherapist at a top ballet school has confirmed Kristopher King's injury can be treated, restoring the hope of the 12-year-old.

Kristopher's mum, Diane, was jubilant when she heard the expert's verdict yesterday.

"This is amazing. Kristopher's completely overwhelmed by what's happened," she said.

His story was first highlighted in the Evening Telegraph three weeks ago.

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DANCE GROUP DAZZLES AT SCHOOL
By TREVOR GREEN for This is Grimsby

A dynamic fusion of reggae, jazz and contemporary dance thrilled an audience at a Cleethorpes school.

The RJC dance company played to an appreciative crowd of more than 180 at the Lindsey School and Community Arts College in Grainsby Avenue.

The group had spent a week at the school working with students to produce exciting and energetic dance sequences.

And after the students showed the result of all their hard work with a special performance, the RJC company moved into gear.

Modern and dynamic, yet also graceful and accessible, they showcased a dazzling array of moves.

Edward Lynch, artistic director of RJC, said: "It is very expressive with a sense of beauty and energy.

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Barbara's girls are six of ballet dancing's best
THERE are some days when opening the post is a bit of a heart-stopper.
By Val Javin for The Huddersfield Daily Examiner


Barbara Peters discovered that when the letters arrived confirming what she'd always known - that she's currently got in her dance school perhaps the most special group of young dancers she's had in 40 years.

Coming from a teacher of the standing of Barbara Peters, that's saying something. And she doesn't say it lightly. But when she explains just what this group has done, you begin to understand why she's smiling with quiet pride.

It's a long way from joining ballet classes as a tot to standing on the brink of a potential career as a professional. It takes talent, yes. And ballet of all dance forms is the most exacting, the most precise. But perhaps even more than that, it takes unswerving hard work and dedication.

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Who doesn’t want to dance?
The September 2002 issue of Dancng Times featured the Chance to Dance graduation in the Linbury Theatre. The children who took part had had the chance to dance through a Royal Ballet’s scholarship for up to five years. Read, how it all starts…...from Dancing Times. By Lydia Polzer

Cobourg School off the Old Kent Road on this sunny day is very much like many primary schools in South London. Children are running around in the playground and up and down staircases with bright pink walls. Large windows let the sun into classrooms and colourful corridors. The staff room, too, is brightly painted and on the wall today’s schedule announces a special event. The Royal

Ballet Education Department will give a special dance workshop for 3rd years.
It is hard to estimate, but there’ll be a lot of little girls out there who are dreaming about being a great ballerina. Some boys, too, would love to be stars on dance stages even though they are less likely to admit it, of course. And how could anyone not admire the grace of ballet dancers and their beautiful movements.

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HIGH FEES COULD COST BALLET BOY HIS DREAM
From Evening Telegraph (Derbyshire)


Ballet dancer Elliot Hawker was thrilled when he learned that he had been accepted into one of the country's top dance schools. But the 12-year-old's excitement soon turned to dismay when he realised that his dreams of attending could be dashed unless he can raise enough money to pay his £4,000-a-term tuition fees.

Elliot, of Oregon Way, Chaddesden, passed an audition in January to train at Elmhurst School for Dance and Performing Arts, in Surrey, for three years.

The talented youngster has won a string of awards for dancing and performed last year with the English Youth Ballet.

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Sale of building out of step with dance studio
A BALLET school which has been a feature of Ledbury life since the 1930s is facing an uncertain future, because the building in which it meets is to be put up for sale. From This Is Ledbury.


The Elizabeth Baker Dance Studio is based at the St John Ambulance building, off the Southend.

Up to 50 local youngsters each week receive expert tuition from Mrs Elizabeth Lunn, who trained at the Sadlers Wells Ballet School.

Now Mrs Lunn, who attended master classes taken by Dame Margot Fonteyn, has been told that, because there is no longer a St John Ambulance group in Ledbury, the building will be put on the market at the end of July.

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Pollyann is proud of her old star pupil
CATHERINE Zeta Jones may feel more at home in Hollywood ­ but she learnt her dancing skills with Swindon star Pollyann Tanner. From This is Swindon

Pollyann, 40, who runs the Tanwood School of Dancing, helped to choreograph Catherine's dances when she attended the Hazel Johnson School of Dancing in Swansea.

She said: "It is lovely to think I played a part in developing her talent. Catherine is a born dancer and could do everything I gave her ­ instantly."

Now that Catherine has won an Oscar for her role in hit musical Chicago, Pollyann has every reason to feel proud of her former pupil.

Catherine, heavily pregnant with her second child, picked up the Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance as Velma Kelly in the film adaptation.

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A leg-up for budding Billy Elliots
By Nicholas Pyke for The Guardian

The art of dancing, which has already been given a shot in its gracefully extended arm by the film exploits of Billy Elliot, received another boost yesterday when the government promised to set up a national agency to rescue dance classes from their "Barbie Doll" reputation.
The £3m package for music and dance announced by the education secretary, Charles Clarke, will make sure that hip-hop and street dance are promoted alongside jazz, tap and ballet.

Although dancing is a compulsory part of the primary school curriculum it is rarely taught by specialists and lags far behind music in popularity.

The new youth dance agency, not yet formally titled, will have an annual budget of £100,000 to help it compete over the next three years.

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DANCING ON TO THE GREATEST STAGE...
By FELICITY DEVONSHIRE for The Evening Herald (Plymouth)


Tip-top tap dancers and budding ballerinas from a Plymouth dance school must keep on their toes if they want to reach the finals of the All England Dance Competition. But, after sweeping all before them at the South West of England Dance Festival, Jurek Sroka - principal of the Jurek Sroka School of Dance - has no doubts that his pupils can sail through.

The school in Mannamead has a reputation as one of the best in the country, and has won the national competition many times over the years.

"I'd like to think we are the best," said Mr Sroka.

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Dream come true for dancing schoolgirl
By Sue Smith, Evening Mail


A teenager is preparing for her friends to take the mickey now that she has landed a plum role with Disneyland in Paris.

For Katy Bourne, aged 18,of Droitwich, knows exactly what she will be doing after her A-level examinations.

She will become one of the dancers taking the role of Minnie Mouse at the Disney theme park.

Katy, a pupil at Droitwich Spa High School, described the job as "a dream come true".

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DREAM COME TRUE


Talented Charlotte Sellers is dancing her way to stardom after winning a prestigious scholarship worth £70,000. The 11-year-old from Willerby has been selected by Elmhurst School for Dance and Performing Arts, after she impressed judges in two gruelling auditions.

Even though the young would-be star faced stiff competition from hundreds of applicants worldwide, she managed to claim one of just 10 places offered each year.

Charlotte, of Ashdene Close, Willerby, has been learning dance at the Skelton Hooper School of Dance and Theatre, off Princes Avenue, west Hull, since the age of three, and has been practising hard for the chance to dance at the elite school in Surrey.

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Chorley's answer to Billy Elliot
By Sarah Jackson for This is Chorley (such an exciting title!)


BALLET BOY Matthew Wood is to appear in the youth ballet's version of Sleeping Beauty
CHORLEY'S very own Billy Elliot has hit back at playground critics by landing a part in a prestigious English Youth Ballet production.

Matthew Wood, aged nine, from Millwood Glade, Chorley, has been a pupil of Anita Murray's School of Dance for around four-and-a-half years and was overjoyed to be chosen to appear in the youth ballet's version of Sleeping Beauty.

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Ballet students must learn IT skills
By Senay Boztas for The Sunday Times


SCOTLAND’S only ballet school, whose patron is Billy Connolly, has been told that it is to get government funding for the first time — but only if its dancers can prove that they can read, count and work a computer.

To qualify for cash from the Scottish Further Education Funding Council (FEFC), Ballet West has to offer its students courses in basic numeracy, literacy and IT skills.

Graduates from the school, based in Taynuilt, Argyllshire, have gone on to work for some of Britain’s top dance companies, including the English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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Dance studio's joy after glowing Ofsted findings
By Jane Denny for online cambridge


CAMBRIDGE'S Bodywork Dance Studio has been described as "energetic, principled and committed" by inspectors who have just released the school's first Ofsted report.

The performing arts school, in Glisson Road, has been recommended to the Department for Education as being of an acceptable standard for the Dance and Drama Awards.

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