Higham teenager wins place at top dance school

15-year-old Jasmine Bayes, of Higham Ferrers, has won a place in the National Youth Dance Company based at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
15-year-old Jasmine Bayes, of Higham Ferrers, has won a place in the National Youth Dance Company based at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London

A Kimbolton School pupil is dancing for joy after successfully auditioning for a place in the National Youth Dance Company.

Jasmine Bayes, 15, from Higham Ferrers has jumped at the opportunity to train with the group, based at the famous Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

Know for their creativity and performances of innovative and influential dance, they bring together the brightest talent from across England to work with internationally renowned associate artists.

More than 350 dancers auditioned this year for just 30 places to study alongside 2015-16 Guest Artistic Director, choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan. Jasmine’s achievement is all the more impressive as she is a year younger than the usual 16- to 18-year-old intake.

Mr Keegan-Dolan will mentor the dancers during intensive residencies in school holidays throughout the year.

He will also create a new piece of work for them to première at Sadler’s Wells in April 2016 and tour around the country.

Jasmine took up ballet aged two and has gone on to study jazz, tap, contemporary dance and singing and is a member of Sharnbrook Mill Youth Theatre.

She said: “Joining the National Youth Dance Company will give me the chance to develop different dance techniques such as contemporary, street dance, ballet and South Asian dance.

“This is a great opportunity for me to explore different career paths and open my eyes to professional dance.”