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Youngster wins prize just months after starting to dance

The Herald Express
March 15, 2012

A budding ballet star from Devon has won first prize in a competition — just 10 months after first strapping on his dancing shoes.

Harry Symington competed in the prestigious Exeter Dance Festival 2012. The 11 year old from Moretonhampstead impressed judges with a solo, gaining a high mark of 87 in his first dance festival.

Harry currently dances with Rosemary Woodwark School of Dance.
Mum Denise said: “When he won the prize, Harry said, ‘I can’t believe it, I’ve won’. He was overwhelmed.

“His dream is to go to a ballet school full-time. He does an hour of body conditioning a day and four ballet lessons a week.”

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Schoolboy has earned a place at the Royal Ballet School

The Western Morning News
March 23, 2012

A Westcountry schoolboy who has nurtured a passion for dancing since he was three years old has been awarded a place at the Royal Ballet School.

Harry Symington, of Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor, has been dancing at home, in school, in supermarket aisles and anywhere he possibly can since he was a toddler. The 11-year-old joined the Rosemary Woodwark School of Dance in Kingsteignton 10 months ago and has been following a gruelling routine of lessons, daily body conditioning and even vocal training.

He auditioned for a full-time place with both The Royal Ballet School in London and the Birmingham-based Elmhurst School for Dance, which both offer just a handful of scholarships. After three tense weeks of waiting, Harry has received the news that he has been offered a place at both schools.

His mother, Denise, said: “It’s been his dream, without a shadow of a doubt. He has set his sights on the Royal Ballet School for a very long time so he chose them. We are ecstatic.

“I’m sure it will be heart wrenching when he leaves in September, but the whole family couldn’t be more proud.”

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