A BOY who took up dancing just nine months ago is already tipped for stardom after being picked out from thousands at auditions.
Northwich’s very own ‘Billy Elliott’, Sam Anderson, nine, of School House, Wincham, is one of just six youngsters chosen to become a Junior Associate with the country’s elite Royal Ballet.
The hope is he will eventually be offered a place at the Royal Ballet School but in the meantime he will attend two hour ballet training classes once a week in Manchester with a Royal Ballet School teacher.
The youngster, a pupil at Wincham Primary School, entered the auditions on the recommendation of his ballet teacher Wanda Kinder-Berry who has been nurturing his exceptional talent at the ballet school she runs in Northwich.
She said: “Sam is extremely dedicated and does about six hours of classes a week. If he carries on as he is he will definitely go all the way.”
Kieran Stoneley, one of her previous students, did just that and became a dancer not only with the Royal Ballet but also the New York Theatre Ballet.
In addition to impressing the judging panel at the auditions Sam also recently won the boys’ silver cup for most promising young dancer at the British Dance and Theatre Awards.
Another of Wanda’s students Elinor Lewis, 14, won a gold award after completing three repertoire solos.