Today we said a very sad farewell to a gifted young student as he begins full-time ballet training at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham. His training will include academics alongside intense classical ballet training. Elmhurst Ballet School is in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet.
He only began dancing two and a half years ago, and his progression in this time has been astounding. He is such a determined and driven young dancer and we're sure he has a very bright future ahead. In this short amount of time he has achieved so much – successfully auditioning and performing in Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall, successfully auditioning as an Elmhurst Ballet School Junior Associate for two years, winning awards at the ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Junior and Senior Awards in 2017 and 2018, being awarded the title of an ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet Scholar for 2018, progressing from a beginner to Grade 5 ballet and gaining a Distinction for all his ballet exams (marks ranging from 91/100 to 98/100 for all ballet exams), and modelling for the Dancewear Central 2018/19 catalogue.
Above are two photos: on the left, this was only a few weeks after starting dance classes back in 2016. On the right, aged eleven in his final class before going to full-time ballet school, showing what a talented and mature dancer he has become.
He has been an absolute pleasure to teach and we hope all his dreams come true.