Jade's in Swan Lake

PUBLISHED: 10:45 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

JADE Heusen, 17, who was originally spotted during a dance session at a school in Exmouth, has been dancing Swan Lake with the Birmingham Royal Ballet on a tour of the UK.

JADE Heusen, 17, who was originally spotted during a dance session at a school in Exmouth, has been dancing Swan Lake with the Birmingham Royal Ballet on a tour of the UK.

Jade, from Sidmouth, was noticed by Jan Cload at the Dolphin School when Jade was seven years old, and Jan convinced her parents that Jade had a dance career that was worth pursuing.

After training with Jan Cload for several years, Jade was accepted at the Royal Ballet School where she trained for five years and was asked to be Head Girl in her final year.

Since finishing at the Royal Ballet School, Jade has continued her training at Elmhurst School for Dance, where she is currently in her second senior year. The school is associated with Birmingham Royal Ballet Company and Jade's hard work paid off when she was cast to work with the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

She has been touring with them for the past six months, dancing in the Nutcracker and touring to Tokyo to dance in Coppelia and Beauty and The Beast.

Since returning from Tokyo, she has been rehearsing for Swan Lake, is now touring the UK and was recently at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.

Jade, who celebrated her 18th birthday in Plymouth, said:

"Dancing in Swan Lake was a fantastic birthday present. It is what I want to do and it was so great to come to my own area and have family and friends celebrate with me.

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