A budding ballet star has been chosen from over 1,000 hopefuls to study full time with the Royal Ballet School, in London.
Ariana Allen, 12, from Bradwell Common will be training with 24 other Year Seven pupils at White Lodge, in Richmond Park, the former school of ballerinas Dame Margot Fonteyn and Darcey Bussell, from September.
Ariana, a student at CentreStage Theatre School MK, said she was excited about the big move.
She said: “It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to be a ballerina and now I’ve been given this amazing opportunity, I’m determined to make it work.
“I’ll be a bit sad to leave my family and friends here in MK and I’ll miss my ballet classes at CentreStage, but it’s such an exciting time and, besides, I’ll be able to come home at weekends.”
Ariana’s ballet teacher, Jacqueline Addis, co-principal of CentreStage Theatre School MK said: “Ariana started with me when she was eight and I could see the potential in her immediately.
“Since then she’s shown real dedication and gained distinction in all her Royal Academy ballet exams. She’s a beautiful dancer – I’m very proud of her. I expect her to do very, very well.”
Ariana will be appearing on stage with her fellow CentreStage pupils in their summer show Let’s Face the Music and Dance, on July 18 at The Venue Theatre, Walton High School.