Gran, 81, shows you’re never too old to do bal­let

Daily Express - - News - By Saman­tha Yule

BRI­TAIN’S old­est bal­le­rina has achieved the high­est ac­co­lade pos­si­ble from the Royal Academy of Dance, while cel­e­brat­ing her 81st birth­day.

Sprightly Bar­bara Peters has re­ceived the top grade eight award with a pass rate of 73 per cent – with no con­ces­sion made for her age.

The grand­mother-of-eight was granted the award 79 years after she started danc­ing at the age of two. She took her first dance exam at nine.

And she did her exam on the same day that her grand­daugh­ter, Mia, 11, achieved her grade two.

Bar­bara, from Hal­i­fax, West Yorks, said: “As I was com­ing out of my exam, Mia was go­ing in. I felt so proud. It’s the first time a grandma and grand­daugh­ter have done their ex­ams on the same day.”

Bar­bara won a place at the Royal Academy to train as a bal­let teacher in 1956 and opened her own school at just 24. When she gained grade seven last year the Academy told her she was the UK’s old­est bal­let dancer. Bal­le­rina Bar­bara Peters and, in­set, at age 10

Pic­ture: DAN ROW­LANDS SWNS

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