TALENTED Rosie Roof is leaping for joy after being awarded a place on one of the country’s top dance programmes.
The Washington teenager wowed at auditions which led to her winning a place on the Department for Education’s Music and Dance Scheme.
It means the 16-year-old has been recognised as one of the UK’s top potential dancers.
Rosie said: “I was ecstatic when I got an invitation to audition and I couldn’t believe it when I was accepted.”
The Department for Education scheme takes only the top dancers from across the country and offers world-class specialist training. Its aim is to give talented young people the best chance at being able to pursue careers in the performing arts.
Rosie, a straight-A student studying biology, chemistry, maths and dance at Sunderland College’s Usworth campus, has been able to continue with her studies while training on the scheme, held at Newcastle’s Dance City.
Rosie said: “It’s important to me that I keep working on my A-levels. We only train out-of-hours which means I can still focus on getting good grades. I go to college during the day and then train at Dance City after that. It can get a bit tough. There’s a lot of work to fit into a day, but I’ve seen a real improvement in my dancing and my grades are still good.”
Rosie’s college tutor, Nicola Gorgon, said: “Rosie is an incredibly dedicated and gifted student. We’re immensely proud of what she is achieving, both academically and with her dancing.”