A BLACON schoolboy who ‘lives to dance’ has been awarded a scholarship to train at the city’s Hammond School.
Harvey Reynolds, six, has started training at the Hoole Bank performing arts school after teachers and drama and dance specialists recognised his talents.
Mum Nicola said Harvey’s skills were apparent from as young as two.
She said: “Harvey used to go to KCC, the Kids’ Community Club in Blacon and one of the teachers called me over saying ‘come and look at Harvey, quick!’. He was doing the splits and a perfect handstand.
“It’s all he ever does, from the minute he wakes up in the morning till he goes to bed. He’s always dancing and singing and calling me, saying ‘look at this’.”
Julia Williams, director of Homegrown Dance Theatre, first met Harvey when he was a reception class pupil of Dee Point Primary School.
She said: “When I saw him I told the headteacher Dave Williams ‘he has to train to be a dancer’.
“I think it’s fantastic that he has got a place at The Hammond. It’s the right place for him to be. He lives and breathes dance and will be with like-minded people.”
Harvey has already won medals in dancing competitions and was one of the children chosen to play Tiny Tim in Theatre in the Quarter’s production of A Christmas Carol at Chester Town Hall before Christmas.
He is not the only talented dancer in the family. Sister Pearl, five, and mum Nicola are both members of Silhouettes Dance Group in Blacon.
Nicola said: “Pearl is so proud of Harvey. She keeps wrapping presents for him and saying ‘well done Harv for getting in The Hammond School’.”
Hammond principal Maggie Evans said: “We are delighted to welcome Harvey to the Hammond family, and to give him this opportunity to develop his talents.
“We look forward to his progression in our school.”