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By Daniel Binns
The Guardian
March 12, 2012

A talented schoolboy from Walthamstow has proven himself as one of the best young dancers in the country after securing a place at the world-famous Royal Ballet School. Louis Wilson, aged 10, is one of just 12 boys picked out of around 1,000 hopefuls to be given a coveted spot at the prestigious college’s new intake in September.

The Oakhill Primary pupil enthusiastically took up dancing at the age of six and has been wowing teachers at the Andrea Salducas School of Dance in Highams Park ever since. Such was his appetite that his parents signed him up for additional lessons at the Royal Ballet School and applied for a full-time place on a whim.

Proud mum Naomi Wilson, 40, of Belle Vue Road, said: “I just ticket the box on the form and before I knew it he had cleared three auditions. They kept whittling down the numbers until he was through to the final audition.

“It was such a huge achievement just to get to that stage, especially his background coming from Walthamstow and dancing in a church hall. So it was unbelievable when we found out he had been offered a place. It completely blew us away.”

Louis’s talent has already seen him get a bit-part in the Royal Ballet’s latest production of Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House later this month.

But it was rather less glamorous dancers who helped first inspire him to take up the art. He told the Guardian: “I saw the movie Happy Feet about tap-dancing penguins and it made me really want to do it. It was really good fun and my teacher said I should try ballet as well, so I did.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet about the Royal Ballet School but I’m very pleased.”

The family are hoping to receive funding to help pay for the boarding school, which involves four hours of academic work and four hours of ballet training every day, from the Government’s music and dance scheme.

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