Lindfield girl wins dance scholarship

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Emma MacKay, aged 11, of Lindfield, has been awarded a prestigious government funded scholarship to attend Tring Park School for the Performing Arts full-time this September. (As seen on BBC1 on Sunday - the winners of BBC School Choir of the Year.)

Only four schools in the UK are selected to allocate this funding to the most talented dancers in the country. The selection process is rigorous as this prestigious funding is available to so few students.

A total of 350 children were selected to audition at Tring and 60 were chosen to return for the final audition, where just six government scholarships were available.

Tring Park used to be known as Arts Educational and has produced talents such as Julie Andrews, Jane Seymour, Caroline Quentin, Sarah Brightman and more recently Ella Henderson, X factor finalist and Lily James of Downton Abbey.

Emma has trained in Burgess Hill at Drusilla Duffill Theatre School for the last seven years and also trains with the Royal Ballet School on a Saturday.

She has had an amazing year so far, winning a total of ten cups at Dance Festivals for ballet, modern dance, and tap and last month was thrilled to be named ‘Junior Sussex Dancer of the Year’.

Emma is very excited about starting at Tring Park in September and meantime is busy rehearsing for her final performance with Drusilla Duffill Theatre School at their 60th Anniversary Show at The Hawth in July.