Dancing Declan gets ready for stage school

Declan Walker, 11, who is going to boarding school to study dancing.
Declan Walker, 11, who is going to boarding school to study dancing.

Queensbury could be home to the next Billy Elliot thanks to local lad Declan Walker landing himself a place at a prestigious performing arts school in Chester.

Bagging himself a full scholarship at The Hammonds – the leading provider of performing arts in the North West – the 11-year-old couldn’t be more excited to start boarding in September.

Declan, who’s been dancing since he was four, dances all sorts of varieties, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and modern.

Isort of do everything, I first started with stage,” he said.

Joining Halifax-based Whiteleys Academy of Performing Arts at just four-years-old, Declan will be the first to be leaving at the tender age of 11, having also enjoyed a three-year stint as a junior associate at the Royal Ballet.

Declan said he loves dancing because it’s so unique. He said: “You don’t have to do one thing in it. It’s not like football – you only do football. With dance you can do anything.”

His mum, Natalie Barraclough, said: “He’s obviously just got a really good talent. I know some kids do it for so long and just get bored. He’s carried on doing it and really enjoys it.”