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Tom Waddington, 8,  has secured a place as a junior associate at the Royal Ballet School (The Folkestone Herald) 2015

 

By D. Kilpatrick
The Folkestone herald
June 23, 2015

 

[Hythe, Hampshire, England] – A young boy from Hythe has secured a place as a junior associate at the prestigious Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden – and now hopes to perform in front of the Queen!

Tom Waddington, a pupil as Saltwood Primary, was handpicked from a large number of candidates last week and will now go up to London every Saturday to train at the country’s most famous ballet school.

Proud mother Karen Bridges told the Herald: “He has been doing ballet since he was four and has always wanted to do it after watching Angelina Ballerina on the television. It’s the top ballet school and it’s just fantastic news. We are quite gobsmacked because it doesn’t usually happen to people like us. He’s always been very energetic and I can see him making a career out of it.

“He constantly dances around the house and at school, trying out new steps and challenging himself further and always on the lookout for an audience to perform to.

“When they are aged eleven, he will be invited to do a summer course and from that group, they pick who is put forward for the White Lodge School. As a family, we are all very excited.”

The eight-year-old currently trains twice a week, including in Ashford where he is the only boy in the class.

He added: “I am really excited and am looking forward to the day I perform at the Royal Opera House and meet the Queen.”

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