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Student Excels in Ballet Exams

 Gemma Beckingham , BalletGemma Beckingham, a Year 13 student at Stamford High School, has recently excelled to gain vocational dance qualifications. Having passed her Advanced Modern exam with Distinction, Gemma went on to tackle a professional level Ballet exam.

Gemma has been taking classes at the Welland School of dancing for 13 years, and has reached the highest level available at the school. In December, she went to the Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters to attend her Advanced 1 Ballet exam and last week she found out that she passed with Merit. In the lead up to the exams Gemma had been dancing for over 7 hours a week, whilst also teaching ‘baby’ ballet classes at the Welland School of Dancing on Saturday mornings. The exam is a Level 4 vocational qualification and normally only attempted by full-time ballet students who are going on to be professional dancers.  With over 58 exercises to learn, plus a routine ‘en pointe’ the exam is extremely tough.

Gemma’s mother, Mrs Lesley Beckingham said: “I’m really proud of her achievement and although she has not directly represented the school, her dedication and effort surely embodies all that the school promotes in so many ways.”