WINNING a place at the Royal Ballet School is such a prestigious place, it’s only for the very talented.
In fact, the school only takes 24 pupils every year. With young dancers applying from all over the world, the competition is tough.
For a girl from Locks Heath, securing a place is a dream come true.
Emily-Rose Holland, 11, saw off more than 750 shortlisted applicants to secure her place at the London school and is looking forward to starting in September.
Emily-Rose said: ‘I am so excited. The day I found out that I got in was the best time of my life. I can’t wait.’
Emily-Rose started dancing at the age of two, when she used to sit through her mother’s dance classes. Julie, a dance teacher, said: ‘Straight away I could see she had the talent and the right physique.
‘She went on to Kim Ellen dance school in Fareham. This Easter she took her last exam with me. She got 95 per cent in her Grade 5, which is such a nice way to finish off her training with me.
‘She has done so well and I’m so proud of her, we will miss her but she’s very fortunate to go. It’s her dream come true.’
The Royal Ballet School is one of the world’s centres of excellence in dance training. Admission to the school is based on talent, with 95 per cent of students receiving funding.
It has been home to some of the greatest dancers including Margot Fonteyn, Wayne Sleep and Darcey Bussell.
Dad Steve Holland said: ‘She’s done so well. It doesn’t get any better.’
Emily-Rose, who also does tap and modern dancing, will go to the school for an induction week over the summer, before starting in September.
Emily-Rose takes everything in her stride, including the nerve-wracking interview.
‘I was really nervous before but when I got in there I loved it,’ she said. ‘I love ballet so I looked at it like a normal ballet class and enjoyed it,’ she said.
Emily-Rose said she is looking forward to resting throughout her summer break – except for one special performance with the National Youth Ballet, where she will dance in front of royalty at Buckingham Palace.