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  It's getting easier being a boy who does ballet
Updated 12 March 2003, 09.22
Robert on stage as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights
Robert is coming to London with the Northern Ballet Theatre playing the part of young Heathcliff in a production of Wuthering Heights.

Here he reports about the difficulties of being a boy and doing ballet.

"I auditioned for a part in Wuthering Heights last year and was lucky enough to be chosen to play the very young Heathcliff in a tour of northern England.

I'm now playing the part in the London production which I'm really excited about.

Travelling floor

Being on tour is a fantastic experience and I've learnt loads of things - even discovering that company takes their own floor with them to the different venues that they'll be performing at.

This is so the dancers feel comfortable on a floor that's familiar to them. Plus if a floor on a venue isn't 'springy' enough it could damage the dancers' feet.

No nerves

It took me about a month to learn my part as the young Heathcliff. The role isn't very technically challenging but it's very physical - there's lots of jumping and rolling round on the floor.

I don't get nervous on stage, in fact I get very excited. It's all about enjoying what you do and knowing that you know what you have to do for the performances.

Name-calling

It's still a bit difficult being a boy who does ballet but people are becoming less ignorant about it.

You still get kids who call you names but it's usually best to ignore them. They soon get bored. And in fact it has made me more determined to succeed.

You just have to know that you're better than them.

Musical future

In terms of my future I'm not sure what I want to do. I know I want to perform, to entertain people and I'm thinking that I might like to be in musicals.

I've also just won a scholarship to the Laine Theatre Arts School - which Victoria Beckham went to.

I would really like to thank my dance teacher Miss Lynda for all her help and the Northern Ballet Theatre for the fantastic opportunities they've given me.

What's next for me now? - my GCSEs revision!"

Robert, 15, Manchester

Wuthering Heights is playing at the Sadler's Wells theatre in London from 12 March to 22 March.


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