Dancing feat

A YOUNG ballerina has danced her way into White Lodge - the home of one of the world’s exclusive dance schools, The Royal Ballet School.

Friday, 18th March 2011, 8:00 am

Phoebe Roberts, 10, from Liversedge beat more than 1,000 young dancers worldwide to be awarded one of the 12 places given.

Founded in 1926 by Ninette de Valois, the school has since trained the world’s finest classical dancers including Dame Margot Fonteyn, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Sir Anthony Dowell and Dracey Bussel.

At the age of seven Phoebe succesfully auditioned for The Royal Ballet’s Junior Associate programme and has been attending classes with them on Saturdays for the last two and a half years.

Phoebe attends the Stuart Stage School in Heckmondwike along with her sister, Ellena, and has done since the age of two.

Principal Jill Stuart says “We are so proud of Phoebe, she is such a talented little girl and a born performer. Not only is she a beautiful ballerina she is an accomplished singer and actress and excels in musical theatre.

“Her CV is to be envied by the seasoned professional, having appeared in the following number one UK tours: Dr Dolittle, Evita, Whistle Down the Wind, Les Miserables and Joseph where she can seen at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. In April Phoebe will be appearing alongside Marti Pellow in the new production of Jekyll and Hyde.”

Phoebe and her parents, Jonathan and Joanna, now have to decide whether to take the coveted place at the Royal Ballet School or stay at the Stuart Stage School to pursue musical theatre.

Jill said: “If Phoebe does decide to turn down the place she will stay with The Royal Ballet School on their Mid Associate programme where she will attend classes every Sunday in Manchester. It’s a difficult descion and we don’t envy her parents but, whatever they decide, we totally support them.”