La Vida Loca in Barca

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A former Leeds United footballer has attained a place at a world renowned dance school in Barcelona.

Calderdale College dance student Connor Coulson, 17, will study at the Institute of Arts, Barcelona, in September after a successful audition at Pineapple Studios, London.

Calderdale College dance student who is going on to study at the Institute ot the Arts, Barcelona.

Calderdale College dance student who is going on to study at the Institute ot the Arts, Barcelona.

Connor is over the moon at the prospect of fulfilling his dancing dreams of contemporary ballet, physical theatre, Spanish and commercial dance.

Connor first put on his dancing shoes aged seven - but peer pressures forced him to hang them up at the age of 11.

“Football covered up that I loved dancing which school friends stereotyped as being gay - being the only male contemporary dancer in school I felt I had to play football so I didn’t get called gay.”

Connor was the third top goal scorer for under 17’s at Leeds United.

After watching a Matthew Bourne dance piece, Connor was inspired to get back into dance at the age of 14.

Connor, who has not visited Barcelona said he is both excited and nervous about the next chapter in his life.

“I’m looking forward to meeting different cultures and can’t wait to start my BA Dance Honours at one of the best centres in the world.”

Calderdale College dance tutor Caroline Smalley said: “Connor works really hard in class - he’s come on a lot in the last year. He has the drive to go to Barcelona - which is what you need as a dancer.”