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Dance scholar dreams of launching Harrogate dance school after national success

A talented dancer from Harrogate has been tipped as a 'rising star' after her success on the national stage.

A talented dancer from Harrogate has revealed dreams of launching a local dance school after her success on the national stage.

Phoebe Russell, who attends Harrogate Ladies' College, placed 1st and 2nd in a national dance competition in Southampton in July, quickly followed by 2nd and 3rd place in a national competition in Blackpool Winter Gardens.

At 16, she was the youngest competitor in her age group which spans from 16-29-year-olds.

And Phoebe, who joined Harrogate Ladies’ College on a dance scholarship, one day dreams of setting up her own dance school in her home town of Harrogate.

[caption id="attachment_18385" align="aligncenter" width="1152"] Phoebe Russell, 16, attends Harrogate Ladies College.[/caption] Speaking about her training, she credited sports teachers at the school for their extra help in core strength work and exercise. She said:

"I absolutely love it, it’s given me great strength and also tenacity.

"I really enjoy the competitions and the training in Manchester every weekend with Amy and Alex at A Class Dance Studios."

Phoebe is currently hosting dance lessons for fellow pupils in one of the school’s boarding houses.

She plans to enter international competition and to become one of few people in the world to specialise in dance physio at university.

Mrs Sylvia Brett, Principal of Harrogate Ladies' College, said the whole school was thrilled to see Phoebe’s remarkable progress:

"She has an amazing sparkly talent which shines through, and which inspires younger pupils to really believe in themselves and follow their dreams."

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