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Debbie White
The Herts Advertiser
August 14, 2010


A St Albans boy is a pirouette closer to achieving his dream of emulating his Cuban ballet dancer idol Carlos Acosta after being accepted into a prestigious school for the performing arts.

Eleven-year-old Marvin Edwards began ballet aged five after seeing Angelina Ballerina, an animated mouse who loves to dance and dreams of becoming a famous ballerina, on television.

His proud mum, Vivienne, of Holyrood Crescent, said that at one stage, her son nearly gave up dancing as fellow pupils at a ballet school he attended were all girls.

But the former Abbey Primary School pupil persisted and ended up training at both the Marguerita Hoare School of Dancing in St Albans and in an all-boys class at the Royal Academy of Dance, Battersea Square.

Then in February this year he was accepted by Tring Park School for the Performing Arts – one of the UK’s top performing arts schools whose alumni include actresses Thandie Newton and Caroline Quentin.

He starts at the school, a former Rothschild mansion, as a boarder in September.

Vivienne, who teaches at a Harpenden school, said: “It’s a great achievement. We are very, very proud of him.”

Marvin, whose particular strength is jumping, said: “I’m really, really pleased. It’s very exciting because I enjoy doing ballet and my target in life is to be a top ballet dancer like Carlos Acosta.” He met his idol after watching him perform at Sadler’s Wells.


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