Young ballet star from Goring shines on Royal Opera house stage

Andrew Glick in his Junior Associates uniform
Andrew Glick in his Junior Associates uniform

A BUDDING dancer from Goring has made his way to the Royal Opera House to dance with the Royal Ballet.

Andrew Glick, of Aldsworth Avenue, is currently performing in the Christmas production of The Sleeping Beauty as a “fairy page”.

The 10-year-old has been attending dance classes at the Regnante School of Performing Arts, which holds classes across Worthing, for the past three years.

Since then Andrew has beaten hundreds of boys to become a junior associate of the Royal Ballet, attending classes every Saturday with some of the world’s leading ballet teachers.

After auditioning for the part in September, Andrew has already taken part in two performances at the Royal Opera House, and will continue to dance the part until Christmas.

Andrew said: “I am really enjoying it, I really want to be a ballet dancer when I grow up. I get a bit nervous but it’s really fun, I’m friends with all the other boys and girls in the show.”

Andrew’s mum, Vickie, 38, said she could not be prouder of her son.

“We went to go and see him in the dress rehearsal, and it was amazing,” she said. “He looked so small compared to the male ballet dancers but he was so confident.”

Vickie said: “He wants to audition for the full-time Royal Ballet school, White Lodge. We are quite surprised he loves ballet so much but we are behind him all the way.”

Amelia Regnante, principal of the Regnante School of Performing Arts, said Andrew is a role model for the children at her school.

“He is such a lovely boy, he is a pleasure to have in class,” she said. “He is not arrogant about his success in the slightest, and he really deserves to have done so well because he works so hard.

“He has such a passion for his dancing that I think he will go far, it’s lovely to see in a boy his age.”