CLITHEROE dance star Alix Carey says an appearance at The Grand Theatre’s talent show – Grab: The Event – helped her land a place at a world famous dance school.
The 17-year-old former Ribblesdale High School pupil is studying for an acting and dance degree at the renowned Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, Britain’s oldest theatre arts training school.
Ribble Valley girl Alix said: “I was so proud to win a place at Italia Conti, but I’m also a bit shocked.
“They told me not many youngsters of my age are chosen. Apparently it is quite difficult to win a place there.”
Alix and her Ribblesdale friends performed in dance act 3 of a Kind, winning through to the final of 2012 Grab: The Event.
She added: “I’ve always loved dancing, and appearing on stage at The Grand gave me a lot of confidence, which I needed to push on, and it was a fantastic experience.
“It is so exciting to be working in London and the course is everything I had hoped for. I want to be a professional dancer one day.”
Playwright, actor and singer Sir Noel Coward was a former student at the London Academy, while actresses Tracey Ullman, Emily Lloyd and Patsy Kensit all graduated from the Conti Academy.
A spokeswoman for Italia Conti Academy said: “There is tremendous competition for places here and, hopefully, it will be Alix’s first step towards a professional career.
“It is a very intense three years, with the students studying singing, acting and dance.
“The audition panel looks for star quality and potential, so Alix has done very well to be chosen from many hundreds of applicants.”