Grantham girls are dance superstars

Jess Gilbert, Megan Smith and Lauren Coyle are well on their way to making a dream of dancing professionally a reality.
Jess Gilbert, Megan Smith and Lauren Coyle are well on their way to making a dream of dancing professionally a reality.
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A trio of dancers have gained the attention of a top London-based dance school and secured places on a prestigious training programme.

Jess Gilbert, 10, Megan Smith, 14, and Lauren Coyle, 14, hope to flousih under the direction of expert teachers at Chantry Dance Company. Once a month for a year, they will head to the famous dance theatre Sadler’s Wells where they will learn new techniques and performance styles.

The girls already train at Grantham school Dance Pointe, run by Rosie Toulmin-Rothe. Rosie said: “It’s brilliant that three girls from my school, and from Grantham, are going to do this.”

Jess, Megan and Lauren had to audition for five hours to gain their places, which “shows their stamina”, said Rosie.

She added: “I was thrilled to bits. I’m so proud of them because they put in a lot of extra work. Their success really is down to hard work and dedication, and hours of training.”

Megan said she was “really excited” to go to Sadler’s Wells. She added: “It’s a dream to be able to perform in big theatres, so to go to a really famous theatre to perform was a really good experience and I was really excited to do it.”