A YOUNG Cork dancer has accepted a place at a prestigious school of dance in London after she was offered a spot at four of the UK’s top dance schools.
Laura Gee has been dancing since she was four years old.
She just turned 18 and is now preparing for life in London after she accepted a place at Bird College, which is known for feeding artists into West End and Broadway theatres.
She has also received Dance and Drama Award funding for the college of her choice.
Laura applied for a place at three other top UK schools — Laine Theatre Arts, Performers College, and Urdang Academy — and was offered a place at all three, but ultimately decided on Bird College.
Her dance director at Plan Be Movement Studios, Meg Blyth, said that she was delighted when she heard of Laura’s achievement.
Speaking to The Echo, Ms Blyth said it is extremely rare to apply to such prestigious schools of dance and get offered places at all of them.
“It shows that they know Laura is a star who can go on to make a successful career in dance,” she explained.
The Plan Be Movement Studio, based in Blackrock, caters for dancers aged four years and older. Staff are often joined by guest teachers and choreographers.
“The school is a follow-on to a dance school, Donna’s Dance Studio, that was run by my parents,” explained Ms Blyth.
“We had a lot of kids that went on to become professional dancers, but I can’t remember anyone auditioning for the top four schools like this and getting into all of them.
“That is a first,” she added.
“Laura is now preparing to start college in September after she decided to go to Bird College.
“It’s one of the top colleges in London and Laura definitely has a bright future.”