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Torquay Herald Express
June 13, 2011

NEWTON ABBOT may soon have its very own Billy Elliot in the form of a diminutive 11-year-old ballet boy.

Talented Timmy Leckie has danced his way to a place at the prestigious Elmhurst School for Dance in Birmingham.The school, the official associate school of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, offers classical ballet training to 11 to 19 year olds and is one of the foremost schools of its kind.

The child prodigy says he is already looking forward to living his dream every day.

Timmy has been a pupil at the Newton Abbot-based Wendy Sandercock Academy of Dance since he was five.

Mrs Sandercock said: “He showed great promise from a very early age and together we have worked hard to reach this level. Elmhurst is a wonderful ballet school with so many opportunities. I’ve had three pupils who have had places there, including my own daughter.”

Timmy has gained ‘exceptional’ results in all Royal Academy ballet exams, she said, and has won awards at local dance festivals. He is also a junior associate of the Royal Ballet School.

“I’m thrilled”, said Timmy. “I just can’t wait — the thought of being able to dance every day is a dream come true.”

He will take up his place at the Birmingham-based school in September.


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