Search

Life imitates art as young Norwich dancer joins ballet line-up

12:51 28 June 2012

Young ballet dancer Charlie Dade rehearsing with the English Youth Ballet at Sprowston High School. Photo: Steve Adams

Young ballet dancer Charlie Dade rehearsing with the English Youth Ballet at Sprowston High School. Photo: Steve Adams

Ballet is not just for Billy Elliot and girly girls – and conquering a pirouette is not suited only for those who look pretty in pink.

Charlie Dade, a 10-year-old from Hellesdon, is proving both of these statements right.

The Taverham Hall year five pupil has been dancing since he was three years old and is getting ready to waltz on to Norwich’s Theatre Royal stage tonight for a performance in Giselle.

But he says that though he enjoys practising in his class where he is the only boy, he admits “sometimes I feel a little bit left out”.

As he and other dancers with the English Youth Ballet were getting ready for the Theatre Royal show, Charlie said that his lessons at Hellesdon Community Centre on Middleton’s Lane make him “very happy” and “put a smile on my face”.

And he says any boys thinking about going on tip-toe should “just give it a try”.

He said: “It’s not just all about girls. Boys and girls can do dancing. And I don’t think it matters if you get laughed at in school, it makes me happy.”

His mum, Samantha Dade, 38, says the dancing practice classes would benefit from more boy ballet dancers.

She contacted the Evening News Facebook site to get more awareness about boys who do ballet.

She said: “It would be so good to encourage more boys to have at go at ballet. I sometimes meet other mums whose girls are at the dancing class and I say ‘bring your sons as well’.

“Male dancers are so strong – but of course Charlie likes the attention from all the other girls.”

Charlie’s practice schedule is intense – at least 12 hours at weekends as well as the practices in Hellesdon after school in the week.

His mum says it is something he wants to do for a long time.

And with the family awaiting the outcome of an audition with the London Youth Ballet, his dream could come true.

Have you got an experience you want to share? Contact Rosa McMahon on 01603 772495, email rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk, or log on to the Facebook pages www.facebook.com/edp24

1 comment

  • Good for you Charlie! Remember, the great Sir Kenneth McMillan was trained by the unforgettable and fantastic dance teacher, Phyllis Adams of Great Yarmouth. What wonderful footsteps to follow in! Good luck!

    Report this comment

    Glad I got out of Yarmouth

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

Other news

Saturday, February 6, 2016
Investigations have started on the second whale which has washed up on Old Hunstanton Beach, the second in the area within a week. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Visitors are being warned to keep their distance from the animal and be aware of the tides.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Aerial view of the dead sperm whale that was washed up on Hunstanton beach in Norfolk. Photo: Albanpix.com.

Experts were on the beach at low tide on Friday to take samples from the sperm whale which has died at Old Hunstanton.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Despite rescue attempts, the Sperm Whale passed away at at about 8pm. Photo: PJBayfield

First light will today reveal what has become an all too familiar scene, as another giant of the sea washes up on our beaches.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
A whale has become stranded in the sea at Old Hunstanton. Picture: Ian Burt

A sperm whale which washed up on Hunstanton beach this morning has died, divers have confirmed.

Most Read

Monday, October 15, 2012
Pressure charts of October 16 1987 storm, recorded by John Pordag, from Stoke Holy Cross.

John Pordag, from Stoke Holy Cross, keenly studies the weather and has a barograph at his home which measures pressure.

Read more
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Investigations have started on the second whale which has washed up on Old Hunstanton Beach, the second in the area within a week. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Visitors are being warned to keep their distance from the animal and be aware of the tides.

Read more
West Norfolk council
Friday, January 29, 2016

Police say a man in his 20s was walking along Norwich Road at around 2pm when he was approached by another man.

Read more
Fakenham police
Friday, November 27, 2015
Last dress rehearsal of this year's Christmas show at Thursford. Picture: Ian Burt

More than 45,000 have thrilled to the sights and sounds of the Thursford show since it opened two weeks ago.

Read more
Friday, July 11, 2014
Aldi may be opening a new supermarket in Fakenham.

International retailer Aldi wants to open a discount supermarket in Fakenham.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 3°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition