Teenager wins place at top dance school

Jonathan Day

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A TEENAGER has won a place at one of Europe’s top dance schools.

Jonathan Day, 17, from Lower Glen Road, St Leonards, has been accepted for professional dance training at the Central School of Ballet (CSB) in London.

The student was one of only 38 accepted for a place on the three-year BA (Hons) degree course in Professional Dance and Performance and has already completed his first few weeks.

He said: “I was really pleased to get the placement, as I started dancing when I was four after my older sister, Sarah, introduced me to it. My dance teacher, Wendy Cameron, also suggested I take it up.”

Jonathan was selected for his place from 420 applicants.

Entrance to CSB is through auditions which are held every spring, a process that involves performing for the school’s teaching staff, all of whom are ex-professional dancers.

The course’s main focus is on classical ballet supported by contemporary dance as an additional subject, and also includes tuition in choreography, Spanish dance, pilates, jazz dance, drama, and singing.

Jonathan previously attended the Royal Ballet School at White Lodge in Richmond Park where he gained one A* and five As at GCSE as well as completing his junior ballet training.

He performed in several productions there, such as The Nutcracker as well as other school performances.

During his final year Jonathan will join the school’s touring company Ballet Central.

Its annual nationwide tour regularly visits 25 venues across the UK including the Lowry in Salford Quays and the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House.

Sara Matthews, director of CSB, said: “We are the only vocational ballet school able to offer our students an Honours degree and this level of touring experience. Ballet Central continues to be a springboard for hundreds of dancers into the top international dance companies.”