Ballet dancer, actor and Dragons’ Den entrepreneur James hits a new high

James Buckley, who has won a bellet award.
James Buckley, who has won a bellet award.

Teenager James Buckley has gained another success – thanks to his dancing skill.

The 13-year-old from Greetland first shot to fame as the youngest winner of BBC2’s Dragons’ Den.

Later he donned tights to play Walt in the BBC TV series Robin Hood.

He has now won the highly prestigious South and West Yorkshire Junior Ballet Championship.

James founded the Look for Loneliness anti-bullying campaign after his own experiences with bullies at primary school.

His scheme got the backing of former Dragon James Caan. who gave him £5,000 to set up his business.

With his help, the scheme exploded into the international arena, with anti-bullying information packs finding their way into classrooms in America and Europe.

James completed a summer course in classical ballet at the London Studio Centre and won this latest accolade with a two-minute solo.

James said: “I am delighted.

“Ballet is the main discipline, the foundation of all other dance. To win a ballet championship for me is a great achievement.”

His teacher, Zoe Cook from The Strickland Cook School, Halifax, said: “I am delighted and very proud.”

His family are always there to cheer him on. Sister Lucy is always at competitions with him and dad Matthew has never missed one.

Grandma Susan Evans and James’s Aunt May, aged 93, are always in the audience. The young entrepreneur has now set his next sights on psychiatry to help bullied youngsters.

Mum Vanessa, of Minister Close, Greetland, said she was very proud of his achievements and along with his dad and sister would be cheering him on at a forthcoming dance presentation.