Ballerina Ellis is tutu good

Ellis Derrick
Ellis Derrick

A talented and dedicated ballerina’s fancy footwork has earned her a string of national championship awards this year.

All the hard work paid off, as The Turnbull High School pupil triumphed in every top championship in Scotland this year, according to dance teacher Linda.

Ellis clinched victory in the Senior Scottish Ballet Championship at The British Association of Teachers of Dance Festival, which took place at Helensburgh, and the Zetland Senior Ballet Championship,

She also came top at the City of Glasgow Senior Ballet Championship, the Junior Central Scottish Ballet Championship and the Junior Central Scottish Song & Dance Championship at the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance 
Festival in Dumbarton.

Mrs Lowry told the Herald she was delighted with the youngster’s achievements.

She said: “It is testament to the hard work and dedication of both Ellis and our teachers that she has won so many 
major ballet awards in Scotland this year.”

Ellis, who has been a pupil at the Bearsden ballet school since the age of five, is now busy preparing for her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 1 Examinations.

She is also due to perform at the the Go Dance Festival at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal on May 28.

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Former pupils of the Linday Lowry School of Ballet, which was established in 1985, have gone on to a successful career in dance.

Some dance professionally with the Royal Ballet Company, Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet and London City Ballet, as well as musical theatre.

Mrs Lowry added: “We are very lucky to have an excellent professional pianist who accompanies most classes. This allows us to give complete attention to the lesson, as well as making it musically enjoyable.

“When children reach the required standard they can be entered for graded examinations. We also have tap and jazz classes.”