Promising young dancer awarded place at prestigious Royal Ballet School in London – Chronicle Live



A promising young ballet dancer has bagged herself a place at a prestigious world-renowned dance school in London.

Eva Bell, from Great Park, Gosforth, started dancing at the age of two and has starred in performances including the English Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker Suite.

And now the 11-year-old is on track to achieve her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer after earning herself a place at the Royal Ballet School in London.

Eva, who currently attends Gosforth Junior Academy, said: “I’m so excited I have the chance to be trained by the best ballet school in the world, it’s such a beautiful place and I am so grateful that I have been awarded a place, it’s a dream come true.”

The excited youngster will move to London in September to join a further 13 pupils who were lucky enough to earn a place at the school in White Lodge.

They were whittled down from over 1000 worldwide applicants who had applied for a sought-after place, where pupils will divide their time between dance lessons and academic study.

Eva has already attended an intensive summer school at the Royal Ballet and at eight-years-old she successfully auditioned to become a Junior Associate with Royal Ballet, a programme for dancers with potential.

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She is also already making friends with her new classmates. Eva said: “I know I will miss everyone, but it’ll be so busy the time will fly by.

“I’ve already made amazing friends via Zoom and WhatsApp with the other children who are starting at the same time as me.”

Eva trains intensively at Marian Lane Dance School, in Wideopen, and her family, friends and teachers are incredibly proud of her achievement.

Her mum Rachel Bell has described the news as “like winning the lottery”.

She added: “I was absolutely stunned when I received the email to say she had been awarded a place. The whole family are so proud of her as she works so hard and it’s wonderful that her love for ballet has been recognised.

“It will be tough not having her at home all the time, but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, like winning the lottery really.”