HIGH-flying Sheffield arts student Clare McCulloch is leaping for joy - after securing a place at an elite theatrical academy in London.
Clare McCulloch, of Broomhill, has travelled south to begin her course at the Central School of Speech and Drama, in North London, whose alumni include Sir Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Harold Pinter, Judi Dench and Sir Cameron McIntosh.
Clare, who has passed a National Diploma in Acting at Norton College, has secured a place on a course where she will learn about production and direction of performing arts.
The student has been inspired to follow a career in the arts after spending two decades learning dance in her spare time at the June D Gill School of Theatre Dance in Broomhill - and one of the first people she informed after gaining her place at Central School was June.
June, who has run her school for more than 40 years, said: “I was delighted for her - it’s incredibly hard to get into that college. Clare is the first of my pupils to have gained a place there although all of her class look set to go into careers in the arts.
“Clare started as a shy, introverted pupil but through the years of training, her creative flair for performance and choreography was quickly recognised. This culminated recently in achieving a very high total of 94 marks for Advanced II Modern Jazz and a nomination for the coveted International Dance Teachers Association Dance Awards.”
June added: “Clare had to pass an interview and audition, and showed she was multi-talented and disciplined.
“With her diverse experience in the performance world, she has the ambition and drive to become a producer.”
Clare, now in her 20s, first started at Miss Gill’s school when she was just three.
Miss Gill said: “When she came to see me to let me know she had gained the place on the course, she said to me ‘the bad news is that I’m going to have to leave you but the good news is that I made it’.”
Clare revealed dancing has been the inspiration for her success.
“It’s been my rock and support throughout my life. Without it I would not have made it through the hard times,” she said.