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Bury St Edmunds Nostalgia - Ballet dancer to perform at Norwich Theatre Royal after being awarded scholarship



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In today's nostalgia we go back to 2012 when a talented girl pirouetted her way to success after winning a scholarship to dance in a classical ballet with professional principle dancers.

Katie Edwards, who had previously danced for Hazlewood Dance Studios in Bury St Edmunds, had begun rehearsals at the Norwich Theatre Royal.

She would be performing in Giselle after being awarded one of only two English Youth Ballet (EYB) Scholarships.

In today's nostalgia we transport back to 2012 when 10-year-old Katie Edwards won a scholarship to dance at the Norwich Theatre Royal.
In today's nostalgia we transport back to 2012 when 10-year-old Katie Edwards won a scholarship to dance at the Norwich Theatre Royal.

Her proud mother Sarah Cooley said: "She auditioned with about 100 children so to be picked for the English Youth Ballet is such a big achievement – it’s every little girl’s dream to be up there doing that."

Katie, 10, from Botesdale, started ballet dancing aged three and in recent times had been training with Hazlewood Dance Studios.

She was just one of six girls selected by the EYB Company's judges for scholarships, with four part and two full ones awarded at each if its auditions.

"To start with I didn't think they called my number out, I thought they had called someone else's - I'm just so happy and excited," said Katie.

Of her daughter's achievements, Mrs Cooley said: "It's amazing. I don't know where she gets it from. It doesn't came from me."