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Flixton Girls' pupil secures place with the Northern Ballet
12:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
A FORMER Flixton Girls’ School (FGS) student has secured a much sought-after scholarship with the Northern Ballet.
Drew Gage, from Flixton, who left FGS this year, was chosen out of hundreds if applicants from Europe to receive one of a limited number of government-funded scholarships, following an audition process lasting several weeks.
These scholarships are awarded strictly in order of merit, as determined by Northern Ballet School and Drew will now spend the next three years studying ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, singing and many other styles of dance to gain her Northern Ballet School Diploma in Professional Dance.
This incorporates the National Diploma in Professional Dance, validated by Trinity College London. An NVQ Level 6, this qualification is the vocational equivalent of a first degree from university.
Drew has been dancing for nearly 14 years and in that time, as well as studying at FGS, has completed many ballet, modern and theatre craft exams at Gwyneth Hare school of dance, as well as performing in three pantomimes at the Royal Opera House in Manchester, in a production with the English youth ballet and being crowned regional champion for modern dance.
The Northern Ballet’s Manchester city centre school is perfectly located for Drew, who is very sure of her future plans: “I’d like to travel internationally with my dance career and eventually open my own dance school.”
Mrs Ashurst, Head of Performing Arts at FGS, adds: “We are exceptionally proud of Drew’s achievement.
“Her standard of dancing is brilliant and she complements her natural talent with a wonderful work ethic. We look forward to watching her career take off.”
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