A 10-year-old ballet dancer from Lichfield is ecstatic after winning a coveted place at the Royal Ballet School in London. Following a tough audition process which saw 1,200 students audition from around the world, Beau Allton-Nee was one of only 24 students to be offered a place at the prestigious school – one of the world’s largest centers for classical ballet training.
Beau will spend the next three years training at the Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge in Richmond Park, before he will have to audition again to secure his place for school years 10 and 11 at the venue. Adam and Michael Allton-Nee, Beau’s parents, said: “We’re so pleased for him.
“He worked so hard for this place, and he thoroughly deserves it. Our hearts are leaping.”
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The first round of the audition process was based on photos of the applicants in various ballet positions to show their physique and proportions. After this, Beau was asked to a preliminary audition in front of a panel of judges.
He was then invited to the finals where he danced his way through two days of auditions in front of the artistic director and senior staff. After a nervous two-week wait, the family were given the good news.
Beau said: “I was over the moon to find out that I was offered a place at The Royal Ballet School because it’s been a dream of mine for many years. It shows that my hard work paid off after many years of lessons and classes. “
It continues what has been an amazing period in the talented young dancer’s career. The St Michael’s Church of England primary school pupil successfully gained a place with the Royal Ballet School’s Junior Associates Program for year five, but this was postponed due to covid.
When it eventually started in January 2021, much of it was held via Zoom, which only made Beau all the more determined to attend full-time vocational dance school. He was also offered a scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet Academy summer school in Chicago in 2020, but this too was canceled due to the pandemic.
In October 2021, Beau won a part in the English National Ballet’s Nutcracker at the London Coliseum theater, where he danced as a party child and soldier during a 22-run show. On top of this, Beau had also made it to the final 20 applicants vying for a full-time place at the school of the Paris Opera Ballet – the only English boy to do so.
And while he was disappointed not to make the final 10 to secure a place, Beau felt privileged to be able to dance at another of the world’s top three ballet schools. While continuously impressed at his drive and determination, Adam and Michael say Beau has been dancing ever since he could walk.
Adam said: “Beau has danced from a very young age, soon after he started walking. He would often dance and wiggle to music that was on in the background.
“It made complete sense to look for dance classes. We decided to send him to his first ballet class when he was four, at Elite Academy of Performing Arts in Lichfield.
“He fell in love with ballet straight away and has stuck with it ever since. He later started classes at English National Ballet Juniors, where a wonderful teacher, Miss Rebecca, said he had ‘something special’ and recommended that we should apply to the Royal Ballet Junior Associates scheme. “
As well as training as a Royal Ballet Junior Associate in Birmingham, Beau dances with the Nicholson School of Dance in Birmingham, Sophie-Jane Coaching in Solihull and Lisayne Ballet School in Little Aston. Adam said: “Seeing Beau dance on stage in the West End’s biggest theater in his first major ballet over Christmas was magical to watch.
“He was so lucky that his school, St Michael’s Church of England primary in Lichfield, were supportive of the time he needed to be at rehearsals. Times are changing, and the boys and girls at school are also really supportive of boys who dance. “
The family are now planning to move to London so they can be closer to Beau while he trains. Adam continued: “Nearly all of the students board full time at White Lodge, with each day being a mix of ballet classes and regular academic lessons.
“Although as parents it’s sad to think of him being away from us this week, he knows it’s all part of the process to train and achieve his goals of one day becoming a world-class ballet dancer. We love you so much Beau and can not wait to see what the future has in store. Keep on dancing. “
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