A TALENTED young ballet dancer from a dance school in Bury celebrates winning a place at the prestigious Royal Ballet School.
Eliana Tse, nine, from Chadderton, auditioned against hundreds of other students from across the UK – just a handful were offered a junior associate’s place.
Eliana started ballet as a complete debutante two years ago and attends the Janet Lomas School of Dancing in Bury.
In that short time, she went from a ballet beginner to a 3rd grade ballet, which would normally take five years to complete.
As well as securing a place as a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School, Eliana also successfully auditioned for a place and began training in September as a Junior Associate of the Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham. .
Professor Johanna Hadley said: “Eliana is an exceptionally gifted young dancer. It is very difficult to get a place in the junior associate program.
“Since the lockdown we have been taking classes via Zoom, she has continued to work hard – it hasn’t stopped her.
“It’s such an honor for her to have been accepted into not one, but two associate programs for the UK’s top ballet schools this year.”
As well as her regular lessons, being a Royal Ballet School Junior Associate means that Eliana will now also receive additional specialist weekly lessons from Royal Ballet School tutors at their Associate Center in Manchester, from January 2021.
The Royal Ballet School provides elite ballet training for exceptionally gifted dancers aged 11-18.
Dad, Shui, said he was very proud of his daughter’s accomplishments.
He said: “I’m really thrilled. We’re so proud of what she’s achieved in such a short time.
“She works hard and prepares in her free time and she will do random ballet moves around the house.
“She exceeded what she had to do. The ballet school brought out the best in her and they always encouraged her.”