Sunday 18 March 2018

Irish boy (15) first in 30 years to be accepted by prestigious Royal Ballet Covent Garden London

Gearoid Solan and Aoibh Ni Riain Brion
Gearoid Solan and Aoibh Ni Riain Brion
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A 15-year-old Irish boy is the first Irish male in 30 years to achieve a full time place at The Royal Ballet Covent Garden London.

Gearóid Solan, from Dunboyne, Co Meath was just 13 when he was accepted for a two week stint at the Royal Ballet Summer School and just two years later he will join one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world full time.

Gearóid will perform publicly with the Irish National Youth Ballet for the last time in Ireland next week with the Ballet Fantasia on May 2.

The Junior Cert student will then leave his family and friends and the Irish National Youth Ballet to take up the coveted spot at the school in September.

Gearoid Solan
Gearoid Solan

Former stars of The Royal Ballet are Margot Fonteyn who trained at the school and performed with teh company and it is the company to which Rudolph Nueryev moved from Russia.

World famous choreographers Sir Anton Dolan and Kenneth Mc Millan and Sir Fredrick Ashton have worked for the company and recently Darcey Bussell retired from the company and is now one of the judges on Strictly Come Dancing.

Gearóid is particularly talented since the school has agreed to waive their normal age entrance policy of sixteen to accommodate him.

Check him out here at 37.35 mins - 40.28 mins

The young star will perform his final shows for the Irish National Youth Ballet with The Ballet Fantasia at the Civic Theatre Tallaght on Thursday April 30, Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2.  Booking (01)4627477

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