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Young Harriet wins ballet place
YOUNG ballet dancer Harriet Gibson has been awarded a place on the Royal Ballet Junior Associates Scheme.
She attended the annual audition, an hour-long workshop for a group of 25 children with a panel of four Royal Ballet School staff, at the outreach centre in Eastleigh in May.
Harriet, pictured, who is eight, will now attend 32 classes per year with a Royal Ballet teacher at the Eastleigh Centre. Alongside this she will continue her regular ballet lessons at the Lisa Beaumont School of Ballet, in Cliddesden.
As part of the programme, Royal Ballet Associates sometimes have the opportunity to perform with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and other ballet companies.
The North Waltham Primary School pupil loves ballet and modern dance and was attending various dance classes just before her second birthday.
She also enjoys playing the piano, art and is a member of Basingstoke Bluefins Swimming Club.
Harriet’s mum Andrea said: “We are delighted for Harriet and proud of her for being awarded a place on this prestigious programme.
“Just attending the audition was a fantastic experience, but getting a place in the face of such strong competition is a fantastic achievement and a great honour.
“She is really excited and can’t wait for the classes to start in September.”
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