THIS hard-working 11-year-old has gained a coveted place at the Royal School of Ballet.
Gerard White, of Holmfield, Halifax, has been training for 10 to 12 hours a week.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said the youngster, whose hero is Rudolf Nureyev. “I’m very excited. It’s been hard work but it paid off in the end.”
Mum Margaret Li said: “He has been dancing for as long as I can remember.
“When he was younger he would dream of dancing. I used to tuck him in and he would still have his ballet shoes on.
“He just loves it, he’s so passionate about it.
“His teacher Jane has been absolutely amazing and has really nurtured him. It is through her guidance that he has got so far.”
Jane Baker, ballet teacher and owner of Jane Elizabeth School of Dance where Gerard attends, said: “He is very modest. I think he could go on to great things now.
“We are so proud of him. I’m really thrilled.
“He has achieved so much in four short years.
“As soon as I saw him I knew that he had got this talent. I just wanted to help him achieve his dream.
“He is brilliant to teach and just works extremely hard.”
Gerard got in to the Yorkshire Scholars aged just eight years old and won the prestigious Carl Myers Trophy in July last year.
He also got into the English Youth Ballet and was offered a place at the Junior Associate Royal School of Ballet in Leeds a couple of years ago.
Gerard attends St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Halifax and received a congratulations card from former head teacher Paul Copley.
His card read: “People think that stars are a million miles away. But what they don’t realise is they are often formed in families like yours, schools like St Mary’s and in places like Halifax.”
Gerard will start at the Royal Ballet School in Richmond, Surrey, in September.