Ballerina is raising the barre

Sally Reynolds
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A YOUNG ballerina has danced her way to a prestigious place.

Sally Reynolds, 15, from Chester-le-Street, has been selected to take part in a Royal Ballet master class.

The Hermitage Academy pupil, who attends the Lewis School of Dance in Chester-le-Street, recently entered the competition held by the Royal Academy of Dance to gain a place on the class.

The competition is held every year and is open to young ballet dancers from the North of England.

Sally entered the senior section of the competition and was one of only eight students from the region who were selected to take part in a master class, which will be run by a member of the Royal Ballet Company.

The teenager has been with the Lewis School of Dance for just over three years and in that time has gained Royal Academy of Dance Grade three, five and six, and two months ago passed her vocational major intermediate ballet exam.

Sally is currently studying a BTEC Level 2 Dance at school and the course has enabled her to study a variety of styles from Bollywood to contemporary.

Judi Johnson, Sally’s dance teacher at Hermitage, said: “Sally’s excellent ballet training at the Lewis School of Dance has given her the technique and foundation for success in many dance styles. It is fantastic that her hard work and dedication to ballet has been recognised in a regional competition.”

A delighted Sally said: “I entered the competition with the view to gaining some experience. I never believed I would actually win a place. I am really excited and cannot wait for the master class with the Royal Ballet.”

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