Katie dances her way to a ballet scholarship

Katie Edwards has won a scholarship to dance with the Ewnglish Youth Blalet at a performance in Norwich
Katie Edwards has won a scholarship to dance with the Ewnglish Youth Blalet at a performance in Norwich
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A TALENTED girl has pirouetted her way to success after winning a scholarship to dance in a classical ballet with professional principal dancers.

Katie Edwards, from Botesdale, began rehearsing last week for the Norwich Theatre Royal’s up and coming production of Giselle, after being awarded one of only two English Youth Ballet (EYB) Scholarships.

Her proud mother Sarah Cooley said: “She auditioned with about 100 children so to be picked for the English Youth Ballet is such a big achievement – it’s every little girl’s dream to be up there doing that.”

Katie, 10, started ballet dancing at three-years-old but has trained for the last few years at Hazlewood Dance Studios, in Bury St Edmunds, with her most recent performance seeing her take to the stage at the Newmarket Dance Festival.

She was just one of six girls selected by the EYB Company’s judges for scholarships, with four part and two full ones awarded at each of its auditions.

“To start with I didn’t think they called my number out, I thought they had called someone else’s – I’m just so happy and excited,” said Katie.

Of her daughter’s achievement, Mrs Cooley, 38, said: “It’s amazing. I don’t know where she gets it from, it doesn’t come from me.”

Giselle will run from June 29-30.