Make or break! Talented local ballet dancer appeals for help.

13th April

George Stevens, pupil at The Royal Ballet School

Burwash based, George Stevens is a pre-professional elite ballet pupil at White Lodge, The Royal Ballet School.  This fiercely competititive ballet school is where future stars are born. Only 15 boys a year are accepted to this world famous school, and whilst studying there he has danced in Royal Ballet Company productions, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Frankenstein, at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Opera Holland Park.   Sadly, his studies there are drawing to a close, and if the 16 year old is to pursue his dream of a life in dance then he will need to attend a further school for additional training before he can progress.

Further support needed to help him to achieve his aspirations to dance professionally.

This is where he needs help. The only schools of excellence such as the Central School of Ballet or the English National Ballet are in London so he needs to board and cover the fees for his accomodation and studies. This is for a further three years. He has to establish himself on a course (Professional Dancers Diploma and Graduate, the vocational equivalent of a first degree or a foundation/BA Hons top up in Professional Dance and performance) in order to fulfil his dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Without an injection of funds he will have to abandon his aspirations.

George’s mother commented:

” He’s been on a five year scholarship, but that ends soon. Although, I have tried as a lone parent to suppport him the sums needed are huge and unfortunately I have a heart condition that means I am restricted to working part-time, which impacts on the amount of help I can give him financially. So we have started a campaign which George is driving to try to raise much needed funds to allow him to continue developing his talent. It really will be a make or break moment soon.”

George explained:

“I would love to continue my chosen career path, however, myself and my family need some help, support and donations. With your help I would have this great opportunity and everyone tells me it would be a waste of talent, hard work and training if I had to stop just because of funding. There is no government funding available for the schools I have been offered. The Royal Ballet School are happy to confirm any details and so will the school where I am able to accept a placement. References can be given too.

“I would love to continue my dance journey. Thanks in advance.”

He has set up a Just Giving page to help him raise funds. If you love ballet, want to support the arts or just want to help an exceptionally, talented young man have a chance to excel in the world of dance then please think about donating: