Royal Ballet School joy for talented Eliana

Date published: 06 November 2020

A talented young dancer from Chadderton is celebrating being awarded a place as a Junior Associate of the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London.

Eliana Tse, aged eight, auditioned against hundreds of students from across the UK to become one of only a handful of students to be offered a place on this scheme.

Eliana started ballet as a complete beginner two years ago and attends classes multiple times each week at the Janet Lomas School of Dancing in Bury.

In this short time, Eliana has gone from a beginner to Grade 3 ballet – something that would normally take five years to achieve.

Eliana will continue her regular classes at the Janet Lomas School of Dancing, but being a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School means that she will now also receive additional specialist weekly tuition from the Royal Ballet School tutors at their associate centre in Manchester, starting in January, 2021.

The Royal Ballet School offers elite ballet training to exceptionally gifted dancers aged 11-18.

Their junior associate programmes introduce young dancers to the Royal Ballet School’s specialist training programmes from age eight.

“Eliana is an exceptionally gifted young dancer,” said her ballet teacher, Johanna Hadley.

“It’s such an honour for her to have been accepted at not just one, but two associate programmes for the UK’s top ballet schools this year.”

Alongside being awarded a place as a Junior Associate of the The Royal Ballet School, Eliana also successfully auditioned for a place and began training in September as a Junior Associate of Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham.

The Janet Lomas School of Dancing, which specialises in classical ballet training, has had 11 students in the last five years accepted on to associate programmes with the Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School, and Northern Ballet (Leeds).

This year, the Janet Lomas School of Dancing’s students have also entered full-time training at the Royal Ballet School and The Hammond School in Chester.

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