Ballet dancer

Bradford ballet dancer, 11, wins Tring Park School scholarship

AN 11-YEAR-OLD ballet prodigy from Bradford has been accepted into a prestigious dance boarding school.

Lexie Meehan, who started dancing aged just three, has won a scholarship offer to Tring Park Performing Arts School in Hertfordshire.

It’s the same school that helped launch the careers of Dame Julie Andrews, Mamma Mia’s Lily James, X Factor’s Ella Henderson and Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley.

Lexie, who grew up in Wyke, hoped to become a professional dancer at the age of five and enrolled at Sara Packham Theater School in Keighley.

Since Lexie joined Sara’s School, she has played for five years as the Bradford Alhambra Sunshine with big names like Billy Pearce, Lisa Riley, Darren Day and Joe McElderry.

In 2014, Lexie took part in the centenary celebrations of the Bradford Alhambra Theater and, for one night only, performed alongside Michael Ball, The Krankies, Joe Pasquale and members of Matthew Bourne’s company.

Her mother, Lauren Meehan, told the Telegraph & Argus: “As a family, we are extremely proud of Lexie and amazed at her hard work.

“During her sunshine days, she would have 36 shows to do in addition to school, homework as well as traveling across the country to audition for the boarding schools she wanted to attend.

“As a mother, I am proud of my three children and we all had to adjust to Lexie moving to a boarding school over three hours away when she was just 11 years old.

“It’s been one of the hardest things we’ve been through as a family, but I’m also incredibly proud of Lexie’s determination and focus on chasing her dream.

“We owe a big part of Lexie’s success to her dance teachers, they go above and beyond to help and support Lexie and we can’t thank them enough.”

Lexie has already racked up a long list of accomplishments in her dancing career so far, having competed in a number of national dance competitions.

In 2019, Lexie earned a place in the final 10 British Ballet Grand Prix Juniors last year.

In 2018, Lexie auditioned to train with the Royal Ballet Junior Associates where she trained for a year before auditioning for full-time vocational school.

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Lexie was offered a music and dance scholarship to The Hammond in Chester and Tring Park School in Hertfordshire where she began her training in September 2019.

Since joining Tring Park, Lexie has also had the opportunity to perform alongside the professionals of English National Ballet for The Nutcracker in Liverpool.

Lauren added: “It started when she was three, it was just to give her a hobby and give her some confidence.

“We just can’t believe everything she’s achieved and the people she’s played with. It hasn’t gone to her head.

“People told her she was natural. Her teachers told me it was just something she had.”