A 19-YEAR-OLD ballet dancer from Moneymore has picked up the National Youth Theatre bronze statuette which is presented annually for outstanding work within the company.
Ruaidhri Maguire, a former pupil of Methodist College, Belfast, and presently studying at the Central School of Ballet, received the accolade last Saturday (August 31).
Ruaidhri took time out from his busy schedule to talk to the MAIL last week before he started back for his new term on Monday (September 9).
The young dancer has just completed his first year at CSB, one of only 39 pupils accepted for a place on this three year degree course, a BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Performance (validated by the University of Kent).
The teenager began dancing at the age of nine and was a participant in the popular annual Ballet Workshops which are held at the Burnavon every August.
“I absolutely love the Central School of Ballet. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a career choice for me, but it’s very expensive having to buy things like shoes. And living in London is expeneive too - apart from the student loan and the student maintendance I don’t have any other support,” he said.
Going into second year, Ruaidhri is looking forward to a busy term. And at the end of his training he hopes to secure a contract which will enable him to perform with a chosen company.
Although he enjoys life at the ballet school, students are expected to work hard.
“It’s a long day,” he said. “We start at 8:45pm and finish at 6pm. As a boy I don’t really have to worry too much about my diet, but I do make sure I eat a lot of protein,” he said.
For now, Ruaidhri is on his toes for another unforgettable term.