Royal Ballet School beckons

PUBLISHED: 14:38 19 September 2012

Sophie and Anya

Sophie and Anya


TWO budding ballerinas have danced their way into a world-renowned organisation.

Sophie Green, aged 10, and nine-year-old Anya Fairhead successfully auditioned for the junior associate programme with the famous Royal Ballet School.

Sophie, who lives in Cheddar and attends Fairlands Middle School, has been confirmed as having a place with the Bristol group and St Mark’s Primary School pupil Anya, of Kewstoke, will find out if she has secured a place this term.

The girls both practise with The Dance Company in Churchill Road, Weston.

The school, which caters for 350 children from Weston, Worle, Congresbury and Cheddar, often performs at The Playhouse and has successes in national championships.

Co-principal Carla Dakin said: “We are so proud of Sophie and Anya for their hard work and dedication to their ballet training.

“It was wonderful news and is a great honour for our school.”

The Royal Ballet School trains and educates outstanding classical ballet dancers for The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and other top international dance companies, and in doing so sets the standards in dance training, nationally and internationally.

It has become both the leading classical ballet school in the United Kingdom, earning Government support, and an international institution, attracting the very best ballet students worldwide.

Anya’s mum, Marina Fairhead, is also co-principal of The Dance Company.

She added: “I am a proud mum.

“Anya loves to dance. She competes in eistedfodds and takes ballet, tap and modern classes.

“One day she would love to dance for the Queen.”

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