A SIXTH form student at Chipping Campden School is celebrating after being awarded a place at the elite Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Rebecca Knight competed against of thousands of dancers who apply for courses each year to be awarded a place on the foundation course in Contemporary Dance starting in September.

To secure her place at the prestigious conservatoire dance school she took part in a rigorous 10-hour audition.

It was clear from the moment she started her training she had incredible talent and a strong desire to learn and became dedicated to mastering the art of the Martha Graham technique.

And in addition to the demands of her school work schedule, she found the time to attend two afterschool dance classes a day,four 4 days a week, for more than seven years.

Miss Knight, who secured an A* in GCSE Dance, has studied under the guidance of Roseann Torley, the school’s dance teacher and professional dancer, since the department was founded in 2008.

“Northern is famous for training some of the UK’s finest dancers - graduates go on to have healthy and long careers in the dance world," she said.

"We are so proud to see Rebecca awarded a place and to start her professional dance training.”