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November 01, 2011

DANCER Aaron Watson will take to the stage this Christmas as part of the English National Ballet. The 13-year-old, who comes from Terrington St Clement, will dance the parts of “Small Soldier” and “Party Boy” in The Nutcracker.

Aaron, who has already starred in the West End as Billy Elliott, said: “I’m so excited to be doing this.  The training hasn’t been too bad up till now, just two hours every Friday, but from November I’ll be rehearsing until late every night.”

He will perform the two parts in 18 shows taking place between December 8 and 20. The show will be performed in the London Coliseum in front of audiences of 2,300.

He will be joined by 14 of his fellow students at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, in Hertfordshire.

His father Nick Watson said: “We don’t get nervous for him any more because we know what he can do. It’ll be interesting to see how nervous he gets with this show compared to Billy Elliot.”

Aaron, who was a student at Springwood High School, spent two years training in dance at the Footlights Performing Arts Centre. He was then given a £100,000 scholarship for specialist school Tring Park, where he now studies.

He said: “I love it there.Everyone is passionate about the same thing so they all get on.”

It was at Tring that he was given the opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker,. After a gruelling four-hour audition in which he had to showcase his acting and dancing skills, he was given the parts.

Aaron said: “It’s a good chance for me to see how a ballet company works. I’m not sure yet whether I want to specialise in ballet, musical theatre or another type of dance yet so it’s a great experience.

He has already played the high-profile role of Billy Elliot, made an appearance at the BAFTA awards and on Britain’s Got Talent.

His dad Nick said: “We’re so proud of him. We’ve had to sacrifice a lot to get him to this point but it’s been worth every penny. Footlights have to take a lot of credit for his success because they trained him in a way that has allowed him to go as far as he has.”

Aaron only discovered his talent and love of dance when it was suggested to him as a way of improving his floor routines in gymnastics.

<He said: “My dream is to dance for as long as I can. I’d really like to become a choreographer when I’m older as well.”

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