By Koos Couvée
Hendon and Finchley Press
July 2, 2014
[London, England] – A promising young dancer is both “nervous” and “excited” to be leaving home after gaining entry to a prestigious ballet boarding school. After two gruelling auditions Luc Foskett, 11, of East Walk, East Barnet, has won a place at the Royal Ballet School, based at the historic White Lodge in Richmond, south-west London, much to the delight of his parents.
In September, he will join 11 other boys and 12 girls who have been selected from 800 candidates to start in Year 7.
Luc’s mother Florence, 40, said: “We are so proud of him. We can’t believe he got in – they take so few, it is just fantastic. The school is beautiful and the teaching second to none. We will miss him, but we know it is going to be a unique experience for him and look forward to see him grow as a dancer.”
Luc, who will have four hours of lessons and three hours of ballet practice every day, has been taking part in the Royal Ballet School’s Saturday junior programme for the past three years. But he is now taking a well-deserved break over the summer and will be spending most of the holidays in France with his French grandparents.
He told The Press: “I’m so happy that I got in and I can’t wait to go. I will have lots of fun and I look forward to learning new types of dances.”
Last year Luc was cast as a hedgehog in the Royal Ballet’s acclaimed production of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.
A keen street dancer from the age of four, his talents were discovered when a guest ballet teacher visited his primary school, Monkfrith, in Knoll Drive, Southgate. After seeing Luc dance, she recommended that he tried out for the Royal Ballet School in central London.
Florence added: “He has always danced. Even when he was a baby at weddings, he used to dance the whole evening. It has always been in him. I’m going to miss him, but when your child gets an opportunity like this you just have to let him go.”
© 2014 Tindle Newspapers Ltd
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