Dancer Amy is off to twist and shout at Beatle’s school

AN aspiring dancer is fund-raising to follow her dream.

Amy Leonard, 18, from Ripponden, has won a place on the Foundation Certificate in Performing Arts Dance course at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

She is one of just 20 students selected – despite 950 applying for a place at the school, which was launched by ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney in his home city in 1995.

But she is not entitled to any local authority funding or student loan, so she is desperately trying to raise sponsorship towards the £8,950 tuition fees.

“I’m so excited to have gained a place at such a prestigious dance school as I know how many opportunities it gives me when deciding on a career after the course.

“I have always enjoyed dancing and being able to have it as a full-time job would be amazing and I know that going will help me achieve this.”

The teenager started dancing aged three when she joined Whiteley’s Academy of Performing Arts in Halifax.

She has studied ballet, tap and jazz as well as contemporary and musical theatre.

She also studied dance and performing arts at GCSE and A level at Ryburn Valley High School in Sowerby.

She has managed to gain A* in both dance and expressive arts at GCSE.

She is now nervously waiting for her performing arts A Level results, which are due in August.

Amy has also taught dance to young pupils at New Road Junior School, Sowerby Bridge, in 2010.

But she needs financial help from charitable trusts, businesses, organisations or individuals who would be willing to offer sponsorship towards her fees.

If you can help, please call Amy on 01422 823868.