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by Samera Khatoon
Burton Mail
May 27, 2010


A SOUTH Derbyshire lad has beaten off stiff competition from more than 1,000 dancers to land a place at a prestigious ballet school. Hugh Cafferky, of Enfield Close, Hilton, aspires to become Derbyshire’s answer to Billy Elliot after pirouetting his way to one of 12 places at the Royal Ballet School, in London.

The 11-year-old, who started Irish dancing at the age of six and progressed on to ballet when he was eight, went through two auditions and beat dancers from all over the world to secure the place.

Hugh’s mother Lucy told the Mail how the youngster, who is one of four boys, was thrilled when he received his letter of acceptance because ‘that’s what he wants to do’.

Mrs Cafferky, 38, said: “We’re all delighted for him. It’s an opportunity that we can’t really say ‘no’ to. I think this opportunity has come now and it may never come again and it’s wonderful for him because that’s what he wants to do.”


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