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‘Dream’ place at Royal Ballet School in doubt

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A talented young dancer’s place at The Royal Ballet School talented hangs in the balance.

Myles Watson has gained one of only 24 places in Year 7 of The Royal Ballet School, recognised as one of the world’s leading ballet schools and is the official school of The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

More than 750 children applied for the school and following a lengthy audition process which included a preliminary audition, online interview, physio assessment, a written report from both Myles’ Primary school and his associate ballet teacher and two days attending the final audition in London, Myles was awarded one of only 12 boy places.

Myles’s dad, Geoff said: “Myles first started dancing at the age of three at the Sally Prout School of Dancing (located in Stonehouse, Minchinhampton, Cam and Leonard Stanley). The teachers at his local school spotted his talent and when he was just 8 years old, encouraged him to audition for The Royal Ballet School’s Junior Associate Programme in Bath.

“Unfortunately, simply put, we cannot afford to pay the school fees and so we are desperately looking for help.

“A place at the Royal Ballet School costs over £35,000 per year. The Government’s Department for Education (DfE) offers UK students means-tested support through its Music and Dance Scheme. There is, however, a substantial sum that has to be met by us, the grant does not cover all of the school’s fees nor items such ballet shoes, uniform, music lessons or trips home.

“Myles love dancing and has always worked so hard at his ballet and made many sacrifices to further his ballet development. None more so than stopping playing football with his friends at the local football club to prevent any injury on the run up to the auditions.

“It will be extremely difficult for us as a family to come to terms with Myles living away from home at the tender age of 11. However, Myles loves ballet, and he desperately wants to attend.”

Geoff has set up a Gofundme page https://gofund.me/8ae6c240

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