DEDICATED dancer Christina Mycock has the world at her feet after being offered a place at a leading ballet school.
She is keeping fingers and toes crossed as she waits to find out this month whether she has gained the five GCSEs needed to take her to the Royal Scottish Ballet in Glasgow.
Christina, 16, of Overlees, Barlow, successfully auditioned for a place on a three-year course, starting next month, at the the ballet school, which is based at the Royal School of Music.
She said: “The Scottish Ballet is the one I’ve always had my heart set on; this is one of the biggest achievements of my life.”
During preparations for her GCSEs, which included PE and performance arts, she auditioned for top dance schools around the country.
Christina, who holds a grade 8 with honours qualification in ballet, said: “Auditioning is hard because not only are they looking for your dancing skills but are also checking for the correct physique to make sure you are strong enough for the amount of physical education you will be put through.”
Her mum Carol said: “Christina auditioned for three ballet schools altogether, including Central in London and Elmhurst in Birmingham, but as soon as she found out that she was in at Scottish she didn’t complete her other auditions as this was the one she wanted.
“Dronfield Henry Fanshaw School have been very helpful and understanding of Christina’s commitment, letting her leave early in order to get to Manchester where she trains at Centerpointe Dance School four or five times a week.
“Whenever she is involved in a competition or the school show she often dances every night after school and all weekend too.”
Jon Parker, the school’s head of creative performing arts, said: “Everyone at Dronfield is very proud of Christina and a special presentation was made to her just before she left to start her GCSE exams.”
Christina started dancing as a three-year-old at Vicky Durning’s School of Dance in Dronfield.
She made her competition debut at the age of six, which she won with a song and dance called Mr Dumpling.
From that day on, she did competitions all over the country, first with Vicky Durning and then Centerpointe which she joined four years ago.
At the age of nine Christina was accepted at Northern Ballet Theatre Associates and trained with them for five years. During that time she appeared in the Nutcracker ballet with the company in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield.
She has also danced in the Christmas pantomime at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield for three years.