Ballet boy’s dream ticket

Samuel Major
Samuel Major

WIGAN’S own Billy Elliot is tripping the light fantastic after landing a scholarship to a top ballet school ... just two years after tapping out his first steps.

Springfield student Samuel Major still has his head in the clouds after stunning tutors at the Northern Ballet School so much with his skills that they offered him a prestigious bursary on the spot and asked him to join them next week.

The 18-year-old said he had “never danced a step” in his life until he enrolled at Runshaw College.

The former Standish High pupil said: “I didn’t know anything about dancing until I went to college, I didn’t even know you could do it as a career. I signed up for a BTech in performing arts because I had done drama and acted a bit at school. I had never danced in my life.”

Tutors at the college spotted his natural talent after a trial jazz dance class and suggested he join a dance school.

Samuel added: “I went to Miss Tina’s in Wigan and was the oldest new starter. I had no idea what I was doing but just started dancing and loved it.

“I was amazed. Most people start when they are about three and work there way up but I’ve only done one grade in my life, a grade four.”

He was encouraged to audition for a place at the prestigious Northern Ballet by his tutors and was up against people holding at least intermediate level qualifications, many of whom, were professionally trained for many years.

Samuel added: “At the audition we had to do ballet and jazz then an interview, I was kept to last then I was told I was being awarded a scholarship.

“I was so excited and happy. I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. I am excited beyond belief.”

Ballet school principal Patricia McDonald said: “Samuel Major, having auditioned for a place, was perceived to have sufficient potential to further his training at Northern Ballet School, leading to a professional career in dance.

She added that former students have gone on to work in many ballet companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre as well as West End and international musical theatre productions such as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, West Side Story, Chicago, Oliver, Sister Act and many more.

Samuel, who now dances ballet, jazz and contemporary dance, has his sights set on a career in classical ballet.