Talented Jess dances her way to a place on national dance training scheme

Jess Yeo dancer
Jess Yeo dancer

A dedicated youngster is seeking support to realise her dancing dreams after successfully auditioning for a place on an elite training programme.

11-year-old Jess Yeo holds a coveted place on the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) course at The London Contemporary Dance School. Each Saturday she travels to London from her home in Wolverton for training in ballet, contemporary and creative dance with leading international artists, choreographers and dancers.

The CAT scheme offers aspiring dancers the chance to be part of a selective, non-residential, dance training programme to complement their existing dance education and help them to fulfil their potential as future leaders in the field of dance.

The Radcliffe School pupil’s mum, Jane Yeo, said: “Jess’ potential was first spotted at Bushfield School where dance played a big role in school life. Jess chose to go to The Radcliffe School for both the performing arts opportunities and academic rigour. She will be dancing in their production of ‘Grease’ this December.

“Jess fully appreciates how lucky she is to have such opportunities and works very hard to make the most of each and every learning opportunity.

“We are now looking for help with the funding of her training. We are applying to the Fund for Excellence at the CAT scheme and also looking to local sources of generosity and sponsorship. Any amount of support would be very gratefully received.”

Jess trains locally four nights a week and seizes every chance to perform. She attends ballet, jazz and contemporary classes at The Rosemary Lane School of Ballet and Theatre Dance at the King’s Community Centre, Wolverton. Earlier this year, she danced in the school’s full-length adaptation of ‘Swan Lake’ at Stantonbury Theatre.

Principal Rosemary Lane said: “We are proud to have Jess as a pupil of our dance school.”

In addition to these classes, hard-working Jess also learns street dance and lyrical technique with Emi-Lu Daley at FranticFlo in Wolverton.

Emi-Lu Daley adds: “Jess is a true inspiration who captivates audiences with her presence. Her passion and dedication shines through in everything she does.”

Most recently, Jess performed in The Little Witch at The Place. She can also be seen as part of a BBC music and dance tutorial entitled Ten Pieces.

If you are interested in supporting Jess, please contact jyeo@talktalk.net. For further information on the CAT scheme visit www.nationaldancecats.co.uk

For dance class enquiries, contact The Rosemary Lane School of Ballet and Theatre Dance via rlschoolofballet@gmail.com or to learn more about FranticFlo call 07745282600.