Talented Fairfield High School pupil set to perform with English National Ballet

BALANCING hobbies and revision is a challenge for many a teenager but Caitlin Anstis is determined to make it work for the sake of her future career.

Caitlin, who will sit her GCSEs at Fairfield High School next summer, has an ambition to become a professional ballerina. She juggles her school work with hours of practice every week and rehearsals for a production of Cinderella, which will be on in Stockport in February and Weston-super-Mare in May.

Caitlin, 15, has the role of one of the ugly sisters and will dance with Elena Glurjidze, one of the principal dancers with the English National Ballet Company and with fellow members of the Bristol Russian Ballet School and company

Caitlin started ballet lessons when she was two and progressed to tap and modern at the age of four. She has lessons with the Annette Adams school of dancing in Horfield and the Russian ballet school and has gained a distinction in the intermediate RAD exam, which is the equivalent of an A-level in dance.

“I train for 11 and half hours a week, with extra rehearsals for shows,” said Caitlin, who lives in Lockleaze.

“I have a busy schedule especially now I’m in my last year at school and auditioning for a full time place at vocational dance schools. I usually end up going to school then staying after school to finish coursework or to go to interventions, then I go home and eat tea and then it’s out the door to my dance classes. I fit in homework when i can but I mainly do it at weekends when I have a bit more time.”

Caitlin won a place at top dance school The Hammond in Chester two years ago and also appeared on a Channel 4 show, Supersize vs Superskinny Kids. But she is glad she stayed at Fairfield, where she said her teachers had helped her manage her workload and meet her deadlines.

She said: “I would love to be a professional ballet dancer and dance in a company, as it’s all I’ve ever wanted since I can remember. After performing I would like to teach dance, to be able to help budding dancers with their dreams.”

Rich Minchin, Head of Year 11 at Fairfield High School in Allfoxton Road, said: “Caitlin is one of our hardest working Year 11 students. It is quite remarkable that she is so diligent with academic study and still finds the time and energy to pursue a professional career in dance. She is an inspiration to other students, showing that with hard work and effective time management, it is possible to pursue your dream and still excel at school.”


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