An aspiring ballerina gave the performance of her life and got a place in a national ballet school.
Darcie McQuillan, from Great Sankey, will start the new term in September at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham as one of ten girls selected for a scholarship.
The 11-year-old was one of 900 girls shortlisted during preliminary auditions earlier this year and after another round of tough assessments, she was offered a place.
Darcie, who is in year six at Park Road Primary School, has been dancing since the age of three and for the past three years has been training every night at Nazene Danielle’s Dance Dynamix in Liverpool.
Her place at Birmingham boarding school will mean the youngster will spend time doing her homework but put more hours into an intensive training regimen.
Mum Hannah said: “Darcie has been dancing since she was three and she always wanted to be a ballet dancer.
“It’s her dream and she can’t wait to start in September.”
Darcie and her eight-year-old younger sister Dolly will also represent England at the Dance World Cup in August, being one of four dancers selected in their respective categories.