We love it when our students start a new chapter of their dancing lives…
Our lovely Amy joined Weymouth Dance Studio (WDS) aged 8, just in time for her first 5 Six 7 8 show at Weymouth Pavilion in 2009.
Showing great promise in ballet early on, Amy came second in the ISTD Ballet Awards in October 2011, when she was 10. Amy then auditioned to be an Associate of the Royal Ballet School in January 2012. The Royal Ballet School recognised her talent and put Amy through to the finals at White Lodge. On 1 March she was offered a full-time place at the renowned Royal Ballet Lower School.
Starting at White Lodge in September 2012, that December Amy played the naughty school girl and a mouse in the Christmas favourite, The Nutcracker. At the end of her first year at White Lodge Amy was awarded ‘most improved ballet’ and ‘scholastics’. Amy then played a party girl in Winter 2013’s The Nutcracker. Amy came back to Weymouth and WDS from Year 10 and continued studying with the Royal Ballet School as an Associate.
In 2015 Amy performed at Rambert for Richard Alston, as part of the Young Creatives Scheme .
Amy isn’t just a great ballet dancer – she also excels in modern, lyrical, character and contemporary (and is a not-too-shabby tap dancer to boot!). In 2017 Amy started attending The Place – the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance – on Saturdays, while continuing to take classes at WDS in the week. At The Place Amy worked with companies including Rambert, Tavisiva, Balletboyz, London Studio Centre and Michael Clark.
In her time at WDS Amy competed at lots of festivals, winning numerous solo, duet and group medals, awards, cups and bursaries, including the Yasmin Taylor Hazzard Musicality Award and the Weymouth Dance Festival Classical Bursary.
This year The Place awarded Amy a full scholarship to the Arte Balletto Summer School in Sicily. While in Italy Amy so impressed the principal of Arte Balletto that she was awarded a scholarship to return next year.
And so we come to autumn 2019, when we bid Amy a fond farewell. She has started studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, winning one of five EU places and a scholarship.
We’re missing her dedication, kindness, sunny personality and downright loveliness already, but know that she’ll be wowing her teachers and classmates and flying the flag for WDS in Scotland. Amy – you have a bright and exciting future ahead of you – we can’t wait to see what you do next.