Dancer dreams of becoming a professional

A TALENTED teenager is appealing for help to realise her dream of becoming a professional dancer.Amy Field, 18, has been offered a place at The Centre Performing Arts College in London in September but is struggling to find the necessary funding.

A TALENTED teenager is appealing for help to realise her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

Amy Field, 18, has been offered a place at The Centre Performing Arts College in London in September but is struggling to find the necessary funding.

The three-year course would give her the opportunity to train to become a professional dancer and performer and a qualified teacher.

Amy, from Spexhall, has been offered a scholarship place on the strength of her talent but needs to find �9,000 a year for the duration of the course.

Amy's mother Sara Field said she thought help would be available for her daughter but was frustrated to find this was not the case.

Ms Field said the college is not affiliated to the government Dance and Drama Awards Scheme and as it is not a degree course Amy is unable to take out a student loan to cover the remaining fees and expenses.

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Ms Field, who works as a carer, said: 'Amy has done brilliantly to get this far. The lady awards very few scholarships and they normally go to boys, so for her to get this was quite exceptional.

'Some dance colleges are affiliated to the Dance and Drama Awards Scheme, but this one isn't, and if it was a degree course she could get a student loan, but it is not a degree.

'We are desperately looking for some sort of sponsorship or donation so that we can build up a trust fund for her to spend three years at college.

'There are funds out there and it is a case of applying for them. I have sent off so many letters here, there and everywhere asking people if they can help. Even small amounts, little bits here and there, can add up.

'When I went into it I was not aware that Amy couldn't get a student loan. It is very frustrating that there is nothing available at all.'

Amy has just finished her A Levels at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham and has danced with the June Glennie School of Dance in Lowestoft for the last six years.

Amy said: 'I really want to fulfil my dream of being a professional dancer and I hope someone can help me.'

If anyone would like to help Amy contact Ms Field on 07754951478 or email pappyfield@yahoo.co.uk

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