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Charlotte's balle"good; Audition opens the way to dancing scholarship in London.


BUDDING ballerina Charlotte Liddle has been inundated with offers from top ballet schools.

The 16-year-old dancer has had her pick of the crop after wowing experts in a series of auditions and gaining offers from five of the finest academies in the UK.

After mulling over all the options, Charlotte, of Newburn, Newcastle, has this week accepted a scholarship place at the pounds 16,000-a-year English National Ballet.

The Walbottle High School pupil said: "It was really difficult choosing because it's not just choosing a school, it's almost choosing your career because each one was quite different so I had to make sure I picked the best one for me.

"I chose the English National Ballet because it's a pure classical school, it's second only to the Royal Ballet so it's a very high-standard school and very prestigious.

"It's quite a harsh environment and when I first went in it was a little bit intimidating and scary but I know it's a brilliant school."

Charlotte has been to scores of auditions this year where she, and other hopefuls from as far away as Japan and Australia, performed before a panel of experienced professional dancers.

"It seems like the audition process went on forever but when you were in the actual audition it goes by so quickly so you have to utilise the time," she said.

"They assess you on your physique so you have to be on the ball.

"The best thing was to think positively afterwards, but after the English National Ballet audition I came out and thought there was no chance and I wouldn't have got through the first round, never mind getting offered a scholarship."

The modest teenager puts her successes down to a love of ballet and encouragement from her teacher Elaine Milbourne, whose dance school she attends in Throckley. Her passion for ballet started when she was just a child after her parents, Paul and Linda, enrolled her into dance classes to get her over a shy phase.

Charlotte said: "When I was little, I was originally taken to classes because I was very shy as a child and used to not really talk to anyone that much.

"I think it was probably from the age of about eight that I started to think this was something I would like to do and one of my dance teachers picked me out and said that I needed to pursue it."

Charlotte, who is big sister to 10-year-old Millie, will be heading down to London to begin the three-year course at English National Ballet in September.


ENCOURAGED Charlotte Liddle is heading to London
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 11, 2012
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