A schoolboy from Whitnash has seen off stiff competition by successfully auditioning for a place at the Royal Ballet School.
Stanley Young, 11, of St Margaret’s Primary School, was among the 24 children out of 750 candidates to be picked for a place at the prestigious school.
The youngster first started dancing at the age of four taking tap dancing classes at the Leamington & Warwick Academy of Dance and soon began ballet lessons on the recommendation of his dance teacher.
Vivienne Kibble, principal for the academy, said, “Stanley has worked so hard and deserves this amazing chance. He has been a pleasure to teach and has such natural talent. I hope to see him perform at Covent Garden one day.
Living in London and training at The Royal Ballet’s White Lodge in Richmond Park, Stanley will be following in the footsteps of famous dancers including Margot Fonteyn, Darcey Bussell and Wayne Sleep.
His parents Steve and Sarah said: ”Stan has always worked very hard at his ballet and to have his efforts recognised by one of the world’s top three ballet schools is a great honour. As a family it will be very hard for us to get used to Stanley living away from home but he will greatly benefit from the expert tuition he will receive.”
While The Department for Education will provide a grant for some of the costs of Stanley’s tuition a substantial sum still has to be met by parents for costs including kit and transport.
If you would like to help Stanley realise his dream to train at The Royal Ballet School, please contact Pippa Adamson on 020 7845 7052 or email firstname.lastname@example.org