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Widnes boy performs with Russia's Bolshoi Ballet

Daniel Dolan
Daniel Dolan said the performance was a "dream come true".

A teenager from Cheshire, who was only the third British boy to join Russia's Bolshoi Ballet in its 236-year history, has made his debut on stage.

Daniel Dolan, 16, from Widnes, has been dancing since the age of four.

He won a place at the prestigious ballet in August 2009, after a mystery donor paid the £15,000 fees.

Speaking before the special Gala performance in Moscow, Daniel said: "I am really excited. It is going to be a dream come true."

He added: "Once you have the lights hitting you, you feel a buzz inside you and the adrenalin kicks in.

"All the nerves go away and you just do the best you can possibly do."

Daniel trained at Liverpool's Elliot Clarke School of Dance until he was 11, before gaining a scholarship at The Hammond School in Chester.

He has performed with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the English Youth Ballet.

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