Dance lessons in Long Sutton

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Jemima Rose knows she has been very lucky in life, especially in having supportive parents.

The young woman, who grew up in Long Sutton, has also managed to fulfil an ambition many girls can only dream of and has a career in ballet.

Jemima (23) attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance, one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations, one of just 30 students to be accepted.

She achieved a BA Honours degree in ballet education and is now teaching a total of around 350 children a week at five London ballet schools.

One of those is her own school, the Rose School of Ballet, that she took over from someone who was retiring – all this within two years of graduating.

This summer it is her turn to give something back to the area that nurtured her childhood aspirations.

Jemima is running Dance Attack, a workshop of fun, fitness and creativity for boys and girls, from Monday to Friday, August 3 to 7.

It’s at the Peele School Leisure Centre in Long Sutton, where she plans to teach a variety of dance styles, from Bollywood to ballet, leading to a showcase for parents on the Friday.

She is running sessions for children as young as reception age, and Jemima wasn’t much older than that when she started dance lessons in local village halls in the district.

As she got older and her abilities increased mum and dad Mark and Karen would drive her to Wisbech and later to Ramsay for lessons that challenged her abilities.

She says: “I was really grateful to have parents that were fantastic and supportive of what my sister Hannah and I wanted to do.”

A couple of teachers at Spalding High School were also very supportive of Jemima’s ambitions, and when she earned her place at the Royal Academy it was announced in front of the school in assembly.

Although her degree was in ballet education, Jemima says: “I wasn’t doing any performances, but each day started with a two-hour ballet class at 9 o’clock and we were there five days a week, so it was very full on.”

The workshops are £15 for one day/£65 for a week – book on 07740 996808 or jemima.rose1@gmail.com