SOUTH WOOTTON: Dancer Callum moves one step closer to stage
After competing with more than 300 dancers for the opportunity, a teenager from South Wootton has found himself among 39 lucky dancers who have won a place at a prestigious London dance school.
Callum Dyer, 17, a former student of Lynn’s King Edward VII School has been dancing since he was five-years-old and gained his early enthusiasm from classes at Footlights Performing Arts, in North Lynn, and from his studies at the specialist Tring Park School for Performing Arts.
He has now completed his first term of professional dance training at one of Europe’s premier schools for dance training and education, Central School of Ballet (CSB).
Callum said: “I’ve now completed the first term at Central School of Ballet and it’s been hard work but fun, too.
“We train at least six hours a day during the week and also take classes on Saturday morning. You have to be dedicated to make it to the top of this profession but it’s my dream to be a dancer at one of the leading ballet companies when I graduate.
“The training is very challenging, similar to the training of the best athletes, but we are all motivated by the rewards of performing.”
He was chosen from around 350 dancers who applied to study on a three-year degree course in Professional Dance and Performance, CSB is the only dance school in the country to offer this unique qualification.
The course’s main focus is on classical ballet supported by contemporary dance as an additional subject, and also includes tuition in choreography, Spanish dance, pilates, jazz dance, drama, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, singing and contextual studies.
Sara Matthews, director of CSB, said: “Only the most talented and dedicated students are accepted but ballet is no longer an elitist profession.”
During his final year Callum will join the school’s touring company Ballet Central. Ballet Central’s annual nationwide tour will start this year on March 7, in London.
Touring with this unique student ballet company offers a professional performance experience that is not available through any other dance school on such a scale.
Sara added: “We are the only vocational ballet school able to offer our students an Honours Degree and this level of touring experience.
“Ballet Central continues to be a springboard for hundreds of dancers into the top international dance companies.
“Dancers live to perform so touring is a much anticipated part of our three year curriculum.”
Pictures submitted by Bill Cooper.
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