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Extension for Bolshoi ballet boy from Widnes

Daniel Dolan
Daniel Dolan said the he is doing something he has always dreamed of

A teenager, who was the third British boy to join the Bolshoi Ballet since it was founded in 1776, has been asked to perform at it for another three years.

Daniel Dolan, from Widnes in Cheshire, started dancing at the age of four, after watching his sister.

He won a place at the prestigious Russian ballet in August 2009, and made his debut on stage earlier this year.

"It is quite an achievement and I am pretty proud of it to be honest," the 17-year-old said.

"It is something I always dreamed of doing. I have absolutely loved it.

'Show the world'

"My aim now is to become the best dancer I can. I hope to be the best British dancer.

"I want to show the world British dancers are out there and we can do just as good as anyone."

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

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

He was able to join the Bolshoi, after a mystery donor offered to pay the £15,000 fees. He is now trying to raise enough money to continue at the school.

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