St Leonards teen lands place at top dance school

Lillie Brett
Lillie Brett

The family of a teenager who has landed a place at a dance school are appealing to the public to help her dream come true.

Lillie Brett, 16, of Filsham Road, achieved top GCSE grades at Helenswood Academy last Thursday (August 20).

She gained five grade A* and six grade A GCSEs in her exams.

Lillie has landed a place at Millennium Performing Arts in London and is starting a three-year musical theatre course next month.

But her fees cost £11,750 a year.

Her proud mother, Julie, said: “Students from around the country battled for a place and completed tough auditions in dancing, singing and acting.

“Lillie has wanted a career in dance since she was very young. She started dance classes aged just three years old. Lillie enjoys ballet, jazz, Greek, tap and contemporary dance and has performed dancing solos at Hastings Musical Festival since she was five. Organisers of the festival have been kind enough to offer her a grant of £300 towards her college place.”

Lillie said: “I’m thrilled with my GCSE results as I worked so hard. It was really difficult to fit it all in with my daily dance training as well. I’ve wanted to be a dancer for as long as I can remember and I’m so excited to be starting at Millennium next month.

“It’ll be odd staying up in London without my family but I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been applying for funding from lots of organisations as it’s so expensive and I’m looking for a part-time job to fit around my course.

“I’m hoping that local organisations will read about how hard-working I am and will help me to follow my dream.”

If any organisation can help Lillie email

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