A leading Wiltshire dance school is celebrating after the prestigious Royal Ballet School has taken on two of its students for a national associate programme.
Eight-year-old Ellie Young and nine year old Rose Hoadley both attend Dancing Academy, based in Chippenham, and they’ve both secured places on the prestigious course.
Dancing Academy, run by MD Samantha Reed, works with more than 250 dancers of all ages every week who take part in a range of classes from street and modern dance to ballet, singing and musical theatre.
Ellie and Rose will still attend their classes at the Dancing Academy but will also take part in the Royal Ballet School programme at weekends to nurture their talent in classical ballet.
Samantha Reed, who has built an extraordinary reputation with her academy, says this latest success is really exciting and the girls competed alongside hundreds of others to gain their places.
“It’s my job to inspire all of the students in my dance school to achieve their own personal goals whether that’s giving them the courage to stand up in school assembly, dance in church or audition for the Royal Ballet School,” Samantha said.
“The students I teach are like an extended family, so each achievement is personal to me. I love seeing the students enjoy what they do. Dance is tough, has its ups and downs but ultimately we do it for the love of dancing.”
The girls are thrilled to have been chosen to be part of this course along with other children whose sights are set on a career in dance. Associates sometimes have the opportunity to perform with the Royal Ballet and other well-known dance companies.
Rose has been dancing since she started school and recently performed in Giselle at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon.
“It was her first public performance, and she absolutely loved it,” said her mum Mary.
“It really inspired her ballet and she came back full of determination. When she heard she had a place on the associate programme the look on her face was unbelievable. She couldn’t stop jumping up and down!”
Ellie, who has been dancing she was three, also successfully auditioned for a place at Tring Park Classical Ballet Academy and is the youngest child there. She recently qualified for the All England semi-finals in ballet and her mother Beccy says getting onto the Royal Ballet associate programme is equally thrilling:
“She was over the moon and didn’t expect it. Dancing for Ellie is a hobby but one she’s very good at!”
Samantha Reed said: “Rose and Ellie both have a fantastic work ethic and this will really help them. They attend classes several times a week and are doing many different styles of dance to help achieve well rounded dance training.
“There’s a theory that 10,000 hours of practicing a skill can make you an expert. Well these girls are quickly totting up the hours and it is a pleasure to see this level of enthusiasm in these excited young students”.
Dancing Academy offers classes in classical ballet, baby ballet, adult ballet, tap, street and modern dance as well as musical theatre, singing, drama and Pilates. Alongside Samantha are four other ex-professional dancers, now teachers. For further information visit www.dancingacademy.co.uk
Pictured above: Dance Academy students Ellie Young (left) and Rose Hoadley (right)