Tala Lee-Turton has given a ballet masterclass to 20 students in her hometown of Barnsley. The ballerina returned to Fearons Middleton School of Dance, in Cudworth, to train the students aged 8-11. Lee-Turton is the third female from Britain to graduate from the Bolshoi ballet academy in Russia
A Barnsley ballerina has become only the third British female to graduate from the elite Bolshoi Ballet Academy during its 243-year history. Tala Lee Turton, 20, joined the Moscow-based school when she was 16. After four years of intensive training, Tala said the ceremony was one of her proudest moments.
A South Yorkshire ballerina has made history by becoming the third British woman to graduate from a prestigious Russian ballet academy in 243 years. Tala Lee-Turton, aged 20, graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow on June 28 after completing an intensive four-year training programme.
It is a long way from Barnsley to Moscow: 1,961 miles to be precise. But for the past four years the Russian capital has been home to a Yorkshire-born ballet student who has just pulled off a manoeuvre more impressive even than her elegant jetés and fierce fouettes. Not only is Tala Lee-Turton a trailblazer as a rare British trainee at the Bolshoi Academy, she has fi nished top in her class following her intensive training programme and has been awarded a covetable job with the Royal Moscow Ballet.
A Barnsley ballerina has achieved her dream of performing on the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Theatre stage. Tala Lee Turton is only the ninth British dancer to be given a place at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Now three years into her four-year placement, the 19-year-old has earned the privilege of performing at the internationally-famed Bolshoi Theatre.
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