youngster follows her dream to National Ballet School
Meghan Pugh has accepted an invitation to join the National Ballet School this
year where she will study various forms of ballet. Fred Sherwin/Photo
as she can remember, 11-year-old Meghan Pugh has wanted to dance. While a student
at Leeming Danceworks for the past seven years, she learned tap, jazz and ballet.
Five years ago she started concentrating on ballet, without any knowledge of how
her decision would eventually pay off.
November, she auditioned for the National Ballet School's summer session which
is held each July in Toronto.
Ottawa, 20 dancers auditioned for the Grade 6 level, only four were selected and
Meghan was one of the lucky few.
was really excited," said Meghan, describing how she reacted when she found
out the news.
mother Adele stayed with her while she was in Toronto. Each day's session started
at 10:45 a.m. and ended around 5 p.m. Through the lessons, Meghan was able to
improve her technique and learn different types of ballet she had not been immersed
must have been a good student, because at the end of the month long session she
was invited to study at the National Ballet School on a full-time basis starting
in September. All that was required was her parents approval.
Pugh has been taking lessons at Leeming Danceworks in Orléans for the past seven
years. For the past five years, she's concentrated on ballet. Photo supplied
talked about it a lot to make sure this was what she really wanted to do and we
accepted," says her father Brian Pugh.
than live on her own in a residence, Meghan will live in apartment with her mother
who successfully applied for a transfer at work.
admits she is both anxious and excited about moving to Toronto and leaving her
home and friends behind.
had her big goodbye with her best friend last night," said Pugh on Friday,
moments before jumping in the car for the long drive to T.O.
her friends at Trillium Elementary School, Meghan will also miss her friends at
Leeming Danceworks. Then again there's always instant messaging.
got a feeling she'll be on the computer quite a bit," jokes Pugh.
National Ballet School offers a mix of academic and dance classes for students
in Grade 5 to Grade 12. Whether or not they're invited back the following year
depends on their marks, their ability to adapt and the progress they make as dancers.
says she's in it for the long hall and her parents are already preparing for the
possibility of selling their Fallingbrook home and permanently relocating to Toronto.
is what she wants. This is her dream. These types of opportunities don't come
around very often and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it," says
says she hopes to one day become a professional ballerina. If that's the case,
she's definitely on the right course.
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