FORMER Chester Hammond School dancer Daniel Dolan has secured the funding he needs to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
The Chronicle recently told how the 16-year-old former Chester school pupil needed sponsorship so he could attend the world’s most famous ballet school.
Daniel – who is only the third British male dancer to be accepted for the Moscow school in its 233-year history – has found the funding he needs from a mystery donor.
Daniel’s father Peter said the Kent-based benefactor – who wishes to remain anonymous – found out about the fundraising campaign by chance when he was visiting the area.
He said: “The donor was visiting his brother last weekend came across Daniel’s story, and he has very generously offered to pay for his school fees of 1,000 euros a month.
“Naturally we are all thrilled with this massive gift and it looks like Daniel will be at the Bolshoi living his dream!”
Daniel told the Chronicle: “I’m over the moon.
“It’s amazing that someone can read about you and without even knowing you can still help you out like this.
“People in general have been fantastic, I’ve even had people giving me their loose change and wishing me well!
“It’s made me even more determined to try my best when I go to the Bolshoi, knowing that people have had this much faith in me.”
The former Holy Family Primary School pupil from Widnes will now spend the summer at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, before starting at the Bolshoi on August 29.