The Evening Telegraph
July 3, 2014
[Angus, Scotland] – Angus’s answer to Billy Elliot has been picked for a competitive national ballet school. Nine-year-old Vincent Ewart from Brechin passed through “gruelling” auditions against 200 hopefuls to join the Scottish Ballet Associate Programme.
The Maisondieu Primary School pupil, known as Vinny, was given a fairytale beginning in his quest to become an international dance star when he performed in the national production of Rapunzel recently.
His parents, software designer Allan and former Russian dancer Iryna, are thrilled his dreams to be a top ballet dancer are beginning to come true.
Vinny’s grandmother died two weeks ago in Ukraine, and he said “his Babooshka would have been really proud of him” and that “he will do his very best in honour of her memory”.
Allan said: “Vincent’s was a last-minute application and they told us that they would consider a late application — but that they had just had their annual auditions with 200 applications and that ‘competition is fierce’ for places.
“So we put the late application in and they invited him for an audition on June 1 so we took him down to Glasgow. After about a week they wrote and told us he had been accepted. We were absolutely delighted.”
The programme, for children entering P6 after the summer, is held at Scottish Ballet’s studios at the Tramway in Glasgow.
In April, Vinny was the only male child ballet dancer given a part for the performances of Rapunzel at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.
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