Ballet girls beat competition

Ollie Dickinson and Saffron Broad, of Sugar Kane dance school in South Elmsall
Ollie Dickinson and Saffron Broad, of Sugar Kane dance school in South Elmsall
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A PAIR of young ballet dancers have won a place on a regional ballet scholarship.

Saffron Broad, 14, from Upton, and Ollie Dickinson, 11, from South Kirkby fought off stiff competition in auditions to gain a place each at the Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre.

The two girls have danced with Sugar Kane’s School of Dance, in South Elmsall, for the last five years and are the first of the school’s students to win over judges at the centre’s auditions.

They will now get to train once a week at the regional Royal Academy of Dance training facility that teaches students who are particularly gifted in classical ballet.

Claire Kane, their tutor at Sugar Kane, said: “Both girls have danced with me for the last 5 years and they dance between four and six times a week. “They are very committed and their hard work has finally paid off.

“They are our first students to be accepted into a ballet school and we are extremely proud of them.

“It is a great achievement for them and for our school.

“These kind of opportunities don’t come along very often and the girls are ready to give it 100 per cent and really make the most of this training.”

The girls will train with the school and the regional centre and hope to go on to professional ballet training when they are old enough.