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Lancaster Guardian
June 30, 2012

Two schoolboys have won places at the prestigious Hammond School in Chester – after just a handful of ballet lessons each. Friends Ewan Morrell and Oliver Ip, who are both nine years old, will join the school in September, attending once a month to study ballet, contemporary dance and jazz.

They were awarded places following a gruelling audition, after their dance teacher put them forward to try out.

Scotforth St Paul’s Primary School pupil Ewan had been to just four ballet lessons, and Oliver, who goes to Cawthorne’s Endowed School in Abbeystead, had attended five.

The boys both attend Central Dance Academy, based at Central Lancaster High School. They are also members of City of Lancaster gymnastics club.

Ewan’s mum Paula, of Chester Place in Bowerham, said: “Ewan has been going to gymnastics for about four years, and he wanted to try ballet. After four lessons his teacher saw the potential and it was suggested that he go for the audition.

“He absolutely loves it. He has two brothers aged seven and 14 who are into football and boxing, so they couldn’t be more different, but we are all very proud and excited.”

Michelle Elliston, principal of Central Dance Academy, said: “From my perspective it’s brilliant that we have got two boys dancing at the school, because it is very rare. I am just so thrilled for them for them because it is such a fantastic achievement.”

© 2012 Johnston Publishing Ltd

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