News: Yateley to Russia

Tuesday 6 June 2006

Henry Perkins of Yateley in Hampshire has been accepted into the Bolshoi ballet school – only the second British boy to have done so since the school was founded over 200 years ago.

Now that his parents have raised the £50,000 fees needed to attend the school for four years, Henry is expected to start there in September.

At five years old Henry told his mother he wanted to go to dance classes after watching a Christmas pantomime. Just over a year later he was dancing professionally, and at nine years old he appeared at the Royal Opera House in Swan Lake. Most recently he performed with the London Children’s Ballet in their production of Scarlet Pimpernel.

His ambition is to join the Bolshoi Ballet,

“I would love to be good enough to join the company out there. If I did I would be the first foreigner to do so. Then, hopefully, I would come back and join a company as a principal. I would love to join the Royal Ballet Company.”

Read Stewart Payne’s full article in the Telegraph, 6 June.06

Not such an impossible dream as it may sound, as Charlotte Higgins explains,
_“Henry has been accepted into the top stream in his year, the route by which company dancers are traditionally selected.” _
__Read more in the Guardian, 6 June.06

Channel 4 is broadcasting a documentary on Henry and two other ambitious teenagers in My Crazy Life: Fund My Fame on Tuesday 13th June, 11.10am – 11.35am

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