Royal School honour for ballet dancer

By Jamie White

Monday, September 20, 2010


Royal School honour for ballet dancer

Robyn Maynard-Sibley has been accepted into the national Royal School of Ballet. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

AN ISLAND girl, who started dancing just three years ago, has been accepted into the national Royal School of Ballet.

Robyn Maynard-Sibley began having lessons at Gillian Cartwright School of Dance in Shanklin when she was 11, having no previous dancing experience.

However, it wasn’t long before Robyn started to show her natural talent as a ballet dancer.

Now, after three years and three lessons a week, the teenager has earned a place in the Royal Ballet Senior Associates class in Covent Garden, London, which will mean travelling to London three Saturdays a month for lessons.

Robyn’s mum, Victoria, is very proud of her daughter’s achievements.

She said: "Gillian called us and said Robyn had the potential for a career in ballet.

"We are are incredibly proud of what she has managed to achieve in such a short period of time. Robyn has worked very hard to catch up to the seniors’ standard.

"Gillian is a marvellous teacher and knows how to get the best out of her pupils, who respect her and therefore work very hard at what they do."

The 14 year old, who attends Sandown High School, is thought to be the only girl from the Island to be accepted for one of the few places available this year.

Victoria added: "Robyn is still trying to get her head round all of this but she is working very hard to fit everything in around her school work.

"She also knows her personal life will have to be sacrificed at times in order to pursue her dream of dancing in the corps de ballet one day.

"I am sure she will achieve all she dreams and more, if she continues the way she has."


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