Sophie lets her feet do the talking to land scholarship
A HUMBERSTON dance school enjoyed a special celebration in honour of one of their members bagging a top scholarship.
Happy Feet Dance School student Sophie Merrison, 15, showcased some fancy footwork to secure a £45,000 scholarship at the prestigious Doreen Bird Dance School in Kent.
Fellow dancers and their parents held a barbecue at Cleethorpes Cricket Club to bid former Tollbar Academy pupil Sophie a fond farewell.
Sophie, who has been dancing since she was three, secured the dance and drama scholarship after impressing a panel of judges in a series of gruelling auditions.
Come along to our wedding fare, Sunday 23rd June 10am-4pm & receive 5% off the first 5 Civil Ceremonies booked on the day to take place before 31/12/14.
Terms: T&C's apply
Contact: 01472 806743
Valid until: Monday, June 24 2013
She said: "I couldn't believe it when I found out I'd got in. It was a dream come true. I was one of the youngest there, so I didn't expect to do so well.
"I'm a bit scared about moving away from home when I'm so young but it's such a good opportunity. I'm really excited."
Sophie began dancing at the Swaby Dance Centre before joining Happy Feet, which was founded by her mum, former professional dancer Becky, in 2003.
For the last two years the talented teen has been commuting to the Northern Ballet School in Leeds for a three-hour lesson every Saturday, followed by a further three hours tuition at the Louise Brown York Scholars ballet school in the afternoon.
Her ambition is now to complete her three-year diploma in dance and drama at Doreen Bird before pursing a career in the West End.
Sophie's dad, Phil, who has been driving her to Leeds and York every weekend, said: "Becky and I are incredibly proud of what Sophie has achieved.
"She works so hard and she's often shattered after her busy Saturdays but she always tries her hardest because it's what she loves to do.
"Becky left home to go to dance school at the same age so she's following in her mum's footsteps. I'm looking forward to having my Saturday's back so that I can get back into golf and go running with the Wolds Vets again!"
The barbecue was also a chance for Happy Feet to celebrate the successes of its other dancers, including Laura Haigh, Jessica Pinder, Daisy Gale and Rosie Pettinger, who were chosen from more that 6,000 youngsters nationwide to compete in the national modern finals at the International Dance Teachers' Association, in Manchester.
Other members of the dance school, including Harriet Cope, Rosie Pettinger and Elin Smith, have also been chosen to attend ballet training in Leeds and York.