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Somerset Standard
November 1, 2012

An 11-year-old Frome [Somerset, England] boy has been awarded a full scholarship to a prestigious dance school after his tutor saw his great potential. Rishi Davis, who attended Danceworks Studio, based at Frome Rugby Club, impressed his tutor Debbie Haines so much she decided to approach his parents to see if they would consider him taking his ability to the next step.

Mrs Haines said: “Rishi has been a student of Danceworks for the past four years, studying classical ballet. He has taken part in two Danceworks productions and has achieved two ballet examinations, most recently his grade two which he passed with distinction. Due to Rishi showing potential, I spoke with his parents to see if he was really interested in dance as I felt he could do well to take it further.”

Rishi successfully auditioned for Royal Ballet Junior Associate classes in 2011. He attended the classes fortnightly in Bristol, alongside his weekly classes at Danceworks, being taught by teachers from the Royal Ballet School.

Mrs Haines added: “The associate classes gave him the encouragement to audition for a full-time vocational school. He not only gained a place at Elmhurst Dance School but was awarded a full scholarship, which is amazing. Elmhurst is in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet and they have amazing facilities in Edgbaston.”

“Rishi will receive the highest standards of dance training combined with his academic education and is studying ballet, tap and jazz. He is a delightful boy with a fantastic physique and amazing potential. He has been a wonderful student at Danceworks and will be missed by everyone, we all wish him the very best.”

Rishi said he was enjoying the scholarship and the opportunity to study at such a prestigious school. He said: “Dancing makes me feel happy and I am really enjoying it. It is really fun and hard work, but I love it.”

Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Rishi said: “I’d like to be a principal ballet dancer and I’d like to dance in Swan Lake.”

His parents Mary and Marcus are very proud of him. Mrs Davis said: “It’s a bit of a dream come true for him. He got into dance after we went to see The Nutcracker and we got in touch with Debbie. He is doing really well and enjoying it, we are really proud of his achievements.”

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