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Eastbourne Herald
May 5, 2011

A TALENTED schoolboy from Seaford has danced his way into a full-time place at the prestigious Royal Ballet School. Matthew Keller was one of only 12 boys to be picked after more than 1,200 applications were submitted.

The 10-year-old’s skills were first spotted when he played the Angel Gabriel at a performance at St Thomas More Catholic Church in 2007. Afterwards the organiser said he ought to be auditioned by the Royal Ballet School and within three weeks he was enrolled at the Turning Pointe school of dance which is based at Lewes, Plumpton and Haywards Heath.

His proud mum Carmel said, “The principal at Turning Pointe said they knew when he walked through the door they had someone special. “It’s just been a positive rollercoaster. We are thrilled and excited.”

She said Matthew had received lots of support including from the family and his school.

The Dane Road resident, who is a pupil at Annecy School in Seaford, then sent in his application to the Royal Ballet School.

He already studies with them on Saturday mornings which sees him get up at 5am, but from September he will be there on a full-time basis, mixing his academic work with dancing during the day.

There were more than 1,200 national and international applications for the 12 places at the school, starting in September.

To date Matthew, who lives with his mum, dad Dave, and an older brother and sister, has performed with the Royal Ballet company as fairy page, monkey and mandolin page in Sleeping Beauty and as winter page in Cinderella.

© 2011Johnston Publishing Ltd

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  1. Congratulations to Matthew! You are off to a grand adventure!

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