A dance student from Woodborough recently performed at a prestigious show in London.
Seventeen-year-old Lucy Gerrard took to the stage at the Bloomsbury Theatre in Central School of Ballet’s annual summer performance.
Lucy joined over 100 dancers from Central’s undergraduate degree programmes in a celebration of dance achievement at the end of the academic year.
She has been dancing since she was three years old and has just completed her first year of training at Central School of Ballet, a world-leading training centre for professional dance in London.
Selected from over 300 applicants, Lucy was one of just 34 students to secure a coveted place last September on Central’s BA (Hons) degree in Professional Dance and Performance programme, accredited by the University of Kent and affiliated with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.
Lucy studied dance full-time at the Royal Ballet School in London before gaining her place at Central joining last autumn aged 16.
She said: “I love being surrounded by like-minded hardworking people who are driven to reach a similar goal – to be a professional dancer.
“The training requires determination and discipline as we train six hours a day, six days a week, but the atmosphere is supportive at Central and we are like a big family.
“I have learnt that it’s really important that we look after ourselves mentally and physically to keep motivated and ensure that we are performing to our highest potential.
“I enjoy learning different styles of dance and repertoire, particularly choreography where we learn to be creative and Pas De Deux where we learn to dance with a partner. I am really looking forward to performing in Central’s Summer Performance to demonstrate my progress and new skills.”
Heidi Hall, director of Central, added: “Central’s training ethos is based on strong technique, creative interpretation and artistic expression.
“Our annual summer performance is an opportunity for the students to experience the joy of performing in front of ticket-buying audiences, allowing them to demonstrate their enhanced skills – this is what drives student dancers to succeed as professional dancers.”
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