A young Uckfield dancer has won a place at the prestigious Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham.
Amelie Hanson, 13, from London Road, who has danced with the Rennie Dance Academy since she was five, started at the school this term, having received news of her audition success in April.
Amelie took part in preliminary auditions in London and was one of a select few asked back to finals auditions in Birmingham in March, the week before lockdown.
Elmhurst is a world renowned centre of excellence for the training and education of young ballet dancers and one of the top vocational ballet schools in the country.
Amelie has taken ballet, modern, jazz, and tap classes at the Rennie Dance Academy and represented the school at various competitions, awards and as a member of the National Youth Ballet company.
Rennie Dance principal Kirsten Rennie said: “Amelie is a beautiful young dancer that we are proud to have nurtured to this level. We are thrilled her hard work and dedication has paid off, and wish her lots of luck in her new adventures.”
Following in Amelie’s footsteps at the Rennie Dance Academy is another bright star Mirabelle Hogan, aged eight, from Burgess Hill.
Mirabelle successfully auditioned for London Junior Ballet School associate programme during lockdown.
Kirsted said the dancer had the unenviable task of auditioning by Zoom, and was contacted immediately afterwards with the offer of a place.
Mirabelle will now take weekly classes in London on Saturdays while continuing to dance every evening after school.
Mirabelle was also offered a place with the English Youth Ballet company which, despite restrictions, managed to go ahead with summer school in Bromley, and a filmed production of their gala production.
Kirsten said: “Mirabelle is a bright star in the making. We are delighted with all her achievements and look forward to supporting her with her dancing in the future.”
Over lockdown the Rennie Dance Academy helped more than 100 students to keep dancing with pre-recorded, and daily Zoom classes.
Kirsten said they were delighted to now be back working in person with all students. “We would like to thank all the parents and students for their continued support throughout such challenging times.