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By Stephanie Cureton
Wirral Globe
12th September 2009

Ben Mooney, 16, Central School of Ballet 2009

WIRRAL’S very own ‘Billy Elliot’ is set to make it big in the world of dance down in the nation’s capital. Ben Mooney, 16, from Bromborough, fought off stiff competition to be offered a place at the prestigious Central School of Ballet in London to study for a BA in Professional Dance and Performance. He was one of just fifteen boys who successfully secured a spot on the course, which is a testament to his dedication and commitment to dance.

Ben will be embarking on his three-year degree programme two years earlier than the normal university student and hopes to go on to be part of a major classical ballet company after his studies.

He started dancing when he was just seven-years-old, following in the footsteps of his dance teacher mum Janine Johnson, who runs Elite Dance in Bebington. She said: “Dancing just came so natural to him, but ballet has always been his strongest passion. It definitely must run in the family as I have danced from a young age, as has my daughter.”

Ben’s talent has led him to take on principal roles in musicals such as ‘Oliver!’ and ‘The King and I’, with his hard work culminating in him earning a place at The Hammond School in Chester where he was offered full-time vocational dance training alongside studying for nine GCSEs, all of which he passed.

Janine added: “We are very proud of his achievements and although we are going to miss him as he moves to London, we couldn’t be more proud and excited at the wonderful career in classical ballet that he now has ahead of him.”

After opening its doors in 1982, The Central School of Ballet is now home to one of the country’s most comprehensive dance programmes and counts HRH The Countess of Wessex and world-renowned ballet dancer Sir Anthony Dowell among its patrons.

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