A Gaywood dancer has beaten dozens of other hopefuls to win a scholarship to a top dance school.
Lucy Barnes, 18, secured the three-year scholarship at the Midlands Academy of Drama and Dance (MADD), which is based in Nottingham and whose patrons include former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.
Lucy was one of more than 50 students who applied for the award and said it was “a bit of a shock” to be chosen.
She said: “It’s amazing to get it. My mum rang me up in the morning when I was still asleep to tell me the news and I just screamed and ran to wake up my dancing friends to tell them.”
Her mother, Hayley, added: “Without this scholarship she wouldn’t be able to go, we just wouldn’t have been able to afford it.”
Lucy has been dancing since the age of three, when she first attended the Theatre Dance school in Hunstanton.
She said: “At first, I only really went to it as a hobby.”
But she kept it up, going on to join the Footlights Performing arts in Lynn when she was 12. She said: “It’s such a great place, I loved it there.”
She studied A-levels at the King Edward VII School before going on to complete a foundation course at the Evolution Dance college in Colchester.
Lucy has been living in Colchester for the past year with her fellow college dancers, coming back home to Norfolk on weekends to see her family.
When she goes to MADD she plans to commute to Nottingham from Colchester.
Lucy begins her scholarship in September and is already planning for the future, in which she hopes to get an agent and put on her own show.
She also has ambitions to perform on cruise ships and appear in the West End.