Dancer Sarah in plea for a leg up

Dancer Sarah Flinton
Dancer Sarah Flinton
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A BUDDING dancer from Sheffield who is desperate to pursue a career under the spotlights of the West End is seeking a sponsor so she can continue her studies.

Twinkle-toed Sarah Flinton, aged 18, of Kings Coppice, Totley, cannot apply for a student loan from the government like other undergraduates - because she’s studying dance.

And because of the hours her training involves, she can’t fit in a part-time job.

The former King Ecbert and High Storrs pupil is on a one-year foundation course in Musical Theatre at the Bodywork Company Dance Studios in Cambridge after beating thousands of other young hopefuls through the auditions.

She wants to apply for a three-year degree course - which would cost her £30,000 - but doesn’t know how to raise the cash.

Sarah said: “This year has been the most physically and mentally challenging year of my life so far.

“I have learnt new dance styles such as contemporary, commercial jazz and tap and I have also been taught by leading performers including stars of Legally Blonde The Musical, The Wizard Of Oz, a finalist from the BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance programme and the assistant choreographer for the X Factor tour.

“I’m in the middle of auditions to further my training but I’m finding it incredibly difficult to find the funds for the auditions let alone the courses themselves, which cost around £10,000 a year.”

She added: “I am in college every day from 8.30am to 6pm, sometimes until 9pm and have no time for a part time job.

“But without financial aid it’s unlikely I will achieve my dream of one day appearing in a West End show.”

n Email sarahflinton@hotmail.co.uk if you can help Sarah achieve her dream.