Olivia earns dance school scholarship

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A YOUNG girl has won a scholarship to a dance school.

Olivia Duran, 11, of Rosemary Gardens, Bourne, will start her training programme as a full-time pupil at the Elmhurst Dance School in Birmingham in September.

She had to audition for her place and is now really excited as it is the school she really wants to go to.

Olivia said: “Dancing is something that I have always done and I would be lost without it. It means everything.”

She has been a pupil of Bourne to Dance Academy of Dancing, in Cherry Holt Road, Bourne, since the age of five and has achieved distinctions in all her Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams so far. She started ballet lessons, before joining the academy, at the tender age of three and also attends the London Junior Ballet and Gedling Ballet School in Nottingham.

Olivia, who is in Year 6 at Bourne Westifeld Primary School, said ballet is her favourite type of dance - her passion.

She said: “It lets you express your feelings. I can’t wait to dance every day.”

Her parents David and Erin Duran and brothers Ethan, 13, and Kai, four, are very proud of her.

Mum Erin said: “She works very hard, rarely missing ballet class and always giving it her all.

“She has never complained about early starts on a Saturday or missing discos, parties or sleep-overs.

Olivia wants to be a principal ballet dancer when she grows up.