The Nottingham Emmanuel School student, Adelia says she is jumping for joy at the news that she has won a scholarship to train with the Centre of Advanced Training at the Academy of Northern Ballet based in Leeds.
Adelia says she will now continue with her preparation, doing a more intensive training in the summer holidays with the Academy of Northern Ballet. “When I was told that I had won the scholarship I was jumping with joy and my mum was really happy too. She puts a lot of time and effort in to driving me everywhere. I think it must be hard for her sometimes, so I really appreciate her support.”
Adelia says that owing to various problems, like missing the first audition and an incorrect application which caused further setbacks, it now feels like she won the place against the odds. “I auditioned for level one and two and was accepted in to level two. I was overwhelmed at the news, and cried because I had been worrying about whether I had danced well enough to get in.”
Adelia says that she hopes to always have dance in her life. “I started dancing quite late really, at 9 years old. I was doing Gymnastics before that and realised I liked doing the dancing type work more and so eventually I moved to dancing permanently. I would really like to join a dance company one day or perhaps teach. I would really like to teach young children to dance.”
Level headed Adelia says that she knows that the hard work starts now, as she will be competing with others to stay in the scholarship programme. “I am not nervous about the scholarship because I feel like I have already got used to the surroundings. I also know that there will always be people out there who are better than you, that’s why I just keep trying to better myself. There’s always another obstacle to get over!”
Adelia’s Teachers have no doubt that she will do well and Mr Jackson, Senior Achievement and Pastoral Manager of year 8 at The Nottingham Emmanuel School says everyone wishes her every success. “Adelia is a wonderfully talented young lady and we are all really proud of her on-going achievements at the Academy of Northern Ballet. Added to her talent is absolute dedication, commitment and self-discipline. She is such a genuinely pleasant, delightful and modest young lady who is respected by both staff and her peers, not only for her achievements in ballet, but the person and character she is within school.”