Ruben dances his way into Royal Ballet class

Ruben dances his way Royal Ballet class

Ruben dances his way Royal Ballet class

First published in News

AN ANDOVER schoolboy has won a place on a prestigious ballet training programme.

Ruben Mariner, of Andover, has been offered a place in The Royal Ballet School’s associate programme.

It follows the Portway Junior School pupil performing for Princess Eugenie at a Children in Crisis charity event at Kensington Palace at the beginning of the month.

Parents Natalia and Chris Mariner said: “Ruben’s favourite moment of the day was being photographed with the princess by hundreds of photographers, or as he called them the paparazzi.”

The nine-year-old danced for his fellow pupils during a school assembly on Friday, to share his experience of the royal meeting.

His ambition is to one day have a major role in either his favourite ballet Swan Lake, which he went to see and chatted with the cast earlier this year, or a similar production.

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