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Teen dancer gets place at top school

Carleton Community student Leah Champagnie, has secured a place at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London.
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Carleton Community student Leah Champagnie, has secured a place at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London. p310b414

Teenage dancer Leah Champagnie has been awarded a place at a top London dance school.

The 16-year-old won a spot studying a performing arts diploma at the Italia Conti Dance Academy in London – a course usually filled with 18-year-olds who have completed college training.

But the Carleton Community High School student impressed at her audition so much she was offered the place.

Leah’s spot now rests on whether she can win a Dance and Drama Award (DADA) to fund the three-year course as she can’t get a student loan due to her age.

Leah, from Selby, said: “When I found out I had a place I cried. I was at school at the time and my mum rung to tell me. I was just so happy.

“I have been dancing since I was two-and-a-half. I started at SLP Dance in Leeds but I currently train at the Selby Dance and part-time in London every week as well.

“Whether I get the grant depends on how many people need it and how much is available.

“If not I will have to study at Wakefield College first so I am just really hoping I am successful.

“I really love hip-hop dance. The course will be mainly contemporary and commercial dance but I will be studying a bit of everything so I can be a good, all rounder.

Leah’s mum Toni Champagnie said: “She has done so well to get a place and I am so proud of her.

“I just hope that she can get the grant so she can take up the place.”

 

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