By Shaun Moore
The Gloucester News
April 13, 2015
[Gloucester, England] – Blake Smith, who lives in Kingsway with his mum Siobhan and brother Ashton, has been a student at the Linda Virgoe Dance Studios for the past 5 years. From his very first dance lesson he was branded a boy with “immense natural talent”.
He did not attend the usual round of auditions for the Royal Ballet School, but was hand-picked at a separate audition by the Artistic Director of the school. His natural ability was immediately recognised and he was invited to the final round of auditions.
Blake was offered a place at Severn Vale Secondary School in Quedgeley, and due to begin as a year 7 this coming September. It was immediately after this letter arrived from Severn Vale in March this year that Blake and his mother Siobhan received the offer of a place at The Royal Ballet School.
Blake’s mother Siobhan commented; “we are over the moon that Blake has been accepted to The Royal Ballet School this September. Ever since he started dancing he has been so successful and won so many awards, that this is the ultimate recognition of his talent. We are thrilled for him as it’s such a life-changing opportunity and all his hard work has paid off.”
During the 5 years of his dancing career Blake has won countless awards and trophies, including; securing the Paul Watson Bursary two years in a row from Tring Park Performing Arts School, winning the ‘Most Promising Boy’ at the Longwell Green dance festival, winning the ‘Highest Ballet Score’ in the 10 years and under category at the Cheltenham Performing Arts Festival two years in a row, performing in Swan Lake with the English Youth Ballet, being asked to audition for Bodyguard the Musical, becoming a Junior Associate to the Royal Ballet, getting through to the Janet Cram Finals in London, and receiving 100% in his ballet exam, as well as the endless medals he has won at dance festivals for his solo and duet routines.
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