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Otley teenager chosen to dance in contest
11:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A former karate student who turned to ballet is celebrating being picked for a prestigious dance contest.
Andrew Cook, 19, who holds a second dan black belt in the martial art, set off from Otley for a dance school in the Scottish Highlands two years ago.
Now the former Prince Henry’s Grammar School student has reaped the rewards of all his hard training by being entered into the Genee International Ballet competition.
The event in Glasgow from Friday, September 20, to Sunday, September 29, will be attended by dozens of top dancers from around the globe.
Andrew said: “I am astounded at the fact I managed to qualify for the Genee, as I was rushed through my exams quicker than normal.
“When I was told I was going to it, it was the first time my teacher had ever seen me speechless.”
Andrew, who learned to dance under the instruction of Carol Newbould at Otley’s Newall School of Ballet, hopes to eventually appear in West End productions.