Dancers Emily and Luke win scholarships

Emily Smith and Luke Musson won scholarships to dance college.

Emily Smith and Luke Musson won scholarships to dance college.

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A PAIR of dancers are setting off for training colleges this week after winning prestigious scholarships.

Emily Smith, 18, and Luke Musson, 19, have trained for years at Grantham School of Dancing working towards their dreams of becoming professional dancers.

Emily, who is going to Laine Theatre Arts, in Epsom, Surrey, started dancing at the age of three.

She was about 14-years-old when she decided that she wanted to do it as a career and eventually work in the West End.

She said: “It was a shock to get the scholarship, definitely a dream come true. Without the scholarship I wouldn’t be able to go.”

Luke took up dancing five years ago and was really determined to succeed and break the stigma attached to being a male dancer.

He said: “I think it was more at the start that I got stick but it didn’t really bother me because it’s what I wanted to do.”

Luke will be going to the Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, in Nottingham.

He said: “I was really surprised when I got the scholarship, I got told three days after the audition. I want to perform but whether it be the West End or on a cruise ship I don’t know.”

Their teacher at the school of dance, Michelle Baker, is very proud of her students.

She said: “I don’t think anybody expects to get a full scholarship but I think to get one is fantastic. It’s very rare.”

For more information about the school, in London Road Industrial Park, on 01476 563239.