Nottingham Emmanuel School student Adelia Hunter says she is “jumping for joy” at the news that she has won a scholarship to train with the Centre of Advanced Training at the Academy of Northern Ballet.
Twelve-year-old Adelia says she will now continue with her preparation by doing more intensive training in the summer holidays.
She said: “When I was told that I had won the scholarship I was jumping with joy and my mum was really happy too.
“She puts a lot of time and effort in to driving me everywhere. I think it must be hard for her sometimes, so I really appreciate her support.”
Adelia says that owing to various problems, like missing the first audition and an incorrect application which caused further setbacks, it now feels like she won the place against the odds.
“I auditioned for level one and two and was accepted in to level two,” she said. “I was overwhelmed at the news and cried because I had been worrying about whether I had danced well enough to get in.
“I started dancing quite late really, at nine years old. I was doing gymnastics before that and realised I liked doing the dancing type work more and so eventually I moved to dancing permanently.
“I would really like to join a dance company one day or perhaps teach. I would really like to teach young children to dance.
“I am not nervous about the scholarship because I feel like I have already got used to the surroundings. I also know that there will always be people out there who are better than you, that’s why I just keep trying to better myself. There’s always another obstacle to get over.”
Adelia’s teachers have no doubt that she will do well and Greg Jackson, senior achievement and pastoral manager of year eight at the Nottingham Emmanuel School says everyone wishes her every success.
“Adelia is a wonderfully talented young lady and we are all really proud of her on-going achievements,” he said.
“Added to her talent is absolute dedication, commitment and self-discipline. She is such a genuinely pleasant, delightful and modest young lady who is respected by both staff and her peers, not only for her achievements in ballet, but the person and character she is within school.”