Perse Prep pupil set to step into Royal Ballet School
29 Apr 2021
Tristan de Ris (Year 6) has danced his way into a full-time place at the Royal Ballet School.
The Perse Prep pupil will take his first steps at one of the world’s leading ballet schools in September after gaining one of just 24 available Year 7 places from hundreds of applications.
He said: “It’s really exciting. It’s a really nice opportunity to take a passion of mine to the next level.”
Tristan originally tried ballet at the age of just two after being taken along to a class by his mum, but came back to it aged seven.
“I did a boys’ class in London and I’ve really enjoyed it since then,” he said. “I just like the freedom and the movement of ballet.”
Tristan trains with Cambridge dance company Bodywork, as well as having taken part in associate programmes run by the Royal Ballet School, Young Dancers Academy and former Royal Ballet dancer Camille Bracher.
He kept on practising between five to eight hours a week at home during lockdown before successfully auditioning for a place at the Royal Ballet School in London at the end of last month.
“I’m looking forward to being able to do ballet along with my other lessons and making new friends,” said Tristan, who would love to become a professional dancer. “It’s going to be really nice to get to meet other people my age who share my passion.”
Prep Head James Piper commented: “We are thrilled for Tristan. This is an outstanding achievement and we wish him the very best at the Royal Ballet School. He has been a trailblazer at the Prep in terms of his dancing and is a great role model for the rest of the school.”