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Shea Lindley, 11, jumping for joy after being offered a place at  (Scuntghorpe Telegraph) 2014

 

By Simon Leonard
The Scunthorpe Telegraph
June 22, 2014

 

A Scunthorpe [North Lincolnshire, England]ballet dancer has been accepted into a top school. Shea Linley, 11, from Bolingbroke Road, has gained a full-time place at Elmhurst School for Dance in Birmingham. The Kimberley Performing Arts Centre (KPAC) student will start in September.

His mum, Emma Linley, said she was sad to see him go, but wanted Shea to follow his dreams. She said: “It is a senior school, but it is boarding. He has been awarded a full five-year scholarship worth over £130,000. I am heartbroken he is leaving, but I have to let him follow his dreams. We need to put our feelings aside.

“Since October last year, he has auditioned at four top elite boarding. One day he wants to be in the West End.”

Kim Gribben, who runs KPAC, said: “He joined a few years ago, I said he had potential. He has done really well, he’s a really hard-working, young man.”

Elmhurst guarantees three years of studying before assessments, unless there are any drastic issues, such as injury.

Shea got down to the last 15 boys at the Royal Ballet School in Leeds, but was pipped at the post.

He auditioned for the Leeds school in November last year. Shea secured a place at the Royal Ballet School’s Junior Associate Class in Leeds in 2012. Of the 432 young dancers who auditioned for the elite class – which is the only one of its kind in the country – Shea was one of only 15 students selected. Shea began his lessons in September 2012 and has been making the journey to West Yorkshire every Saturday for a two-hour 15 minute class.

Elmhurst is a professional classical ballet school and an associate school of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. It is the oldest vocational ballet school in the UK, preparing its students for professional careers in ballet and related dance style. Through the auditions process, students are selected according to their perceived potential and their commitment to dance.

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