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by pupils and par­ents from the Royal Academy of Dance LARA ESCHLER DE RIS from Cam­bridge ‘We started bal­let when Tris­tan [left, with Lara, and right] was lit­tle, with lots of girls wear­ing pink tu­tus, and, nat­u­rally, he wasn’t join­ing in. He did a bal­let after-school club but he was aware he was the only boy. Do­ing an RAD boys’ class has been re­ally help­ful.’ TRIS­TAN, seven ‘I like mov­ing. I like bal­let a lot.’ JILL JARVIS from Sur­rey ‘After Scott [left, with his par­ents, and right] did a mu­si­cal the­atre class, the teacher told us, “You’ve got a dancer on your hands.” It’s not easy for him at school some­times – Scott was teased a bit. But he told his class that Rio Fer­di­nand did bal­let and that helped.’ SCOTT, ten ‘From when I was lit­tle, I wanted to dance.’ SOLOMON OKOREFE from Lon­don ‘I’ve al­ways wanted to see more boys do­ing bal­let. The taboo of it just be­ing a girls’ dance is out­dated. Jaad [left, with Solomon] is also top in his class at rugby and that is be­cause of his bal­let.’ JAAD, ten ‘It all started at the age of two when I watched The Nutcracker at the the­atre and loved it. I started bal­let classes when I was four. I like how when you’re danc­ing you can just zone out. It’s amaz­ing. I wouldn’t think of do­ing any­thing else in the world.’

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