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York dancer Jack Cussans to work with New English Ballet Theatre
A DANCER from York has been awarded a contract to work with a prestigious London ballet company.
Aspiring ballet dancer Jack Cussans, of Huntington, has secured himself a place to work with the New English Ballet Theatre in West London.
Jack, who went to Yearsley Grove primary school in York, went on to study ballet, tap, modern and jazz at the Hammond School, a Chester boarding school.
He said: “I am thrilled to have secured my first position so quickly. I’m delighted to have this chance to learn from and develop my skills further with New English Ballet Theatre, its choreographers, fellow dancers and performers.”
The 20-year-old has recently graduated from the Central School of Ballet (CSB), London, with a BA Hons in professional dance and performance.
For the past five months Jack has been touring the country with CSB, performing a variety of classical and neo-classical ballet, contemporary dance and jazz pieces to hundreds of people.
Sara Matthews, director of CSB said: “I am proud that so many of our graduating students have been able to achieve such fantastic contracts despite the challenging economic climate.
“This is an excellent opportunity for Jack – a very talented student.”
Previous graduates from CSB have gone on to join some of the world’s most famous dance companies including The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Slovakia Ballet and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and Scottish Ballet.
Jack’s mum, Andrea, of Anthea Drive, Huntington, said: “I was absolutely thrilled for him when he found out.
“He is there now already rehearsing for a production in October. I will hopefully be going to see it, but it depends if we get tickets – Jack says they sell out pretty fast.”
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