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By Barbara Jordan
Runcorn and Widnes World
April 17, 2012

A ballet prodigy who became only the third British boy to train at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 236 years is making history. Daniel Dolan, aged 19, from Widnes, scored top marks in his first two years and is now soaring to further success.

He braved the Greek riots in February to perform in Athens alongside students from London’s Royal Ballet. Daniel, of St Luke’s Crescent, said: “I was performing a piece to the music of Bach. It’s a very challenging, modern piece with quick and complicated choroeography. It includes a lot of partnering and solo work and is very exciting to dance.”

Daniel was selected to stage three pieces in a concert, after an audition in front of the entire academy. He performed the Armenian dance from Swan Lake, Fandanko from Don Quixote and the principle male variation from Le Fille Mal Gardee.

His second piece was selected to close the show and received excellent reviews.

He danced at The Bolshoi Theatre when it re-opened after a £500,000 refurbishment.

Daniel travelled 11 hours on a train to perform at a dance festival in Kazan. He said: “I absolutely love travelling to new places and new theatres to perform. It’s great to dance in front of very different audiences.” He was offered a role by two ballet companies whilst he was there.

His dad, Pete, said: “Daniel has been invited to teach students at the Bolshoi Academy in New York in the summer, a tremendous honour for a non Russian.

“He starts his final year in September and will become the second ever British student to graduate, an outstanding achievement. He will then audition for roles with top ballet companies and is set to have a world class career.”

© Copyright 2012 Newsquest Media Group

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