Audition success for ballet star Elena

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A teenage dancer from Liversedge has successfully auditioned for top dance company National Youth Ballet.

Elena Scott, 13, will now perform in this year’s season, the highlight of which will be a Gala Performance at international dance house Sadler’s Wells in London next month.

It is the latest success in the career of the Spen Valley High School pupil, who began learning to dance aged three.

Elena attended the Emma Coombs Dance Academy in Liversedge where she has trained for the last ten years.

In 2014, she successfully auditioned for a place with the Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship Centre in York, winning the trophy for the most improved dancer in 2015.

She has also danced with Ballet Llorent and English Youth Ballet.

Elena said: “I am really excited to be a part of this amazing company and have a chance to dance at Salders Wells in London.”

National Youth Ballet involves talented young dancers aged eight to 18 in every aspect of creating a ballet, from the conception of an idea through to performance on stage at a professional level.

The company also encourages children from all walks of life to become involved with dance through schools and community workshops.

For its 2016 Season, the National Youth Ballet will present a special programme of performances.

These culminate with the special Memorial Gala Performance at Sadler’s Wells on Sunday, September 4.