Freya Rodgers gets medal despite being youngest in her category
Freya Rodgers with her medal from the Dance World Cup
A 15-year-old girl from Chiswick has won a silver medal at the Dance World Cup which was held this week.
Freya Rodgers gained second place in the Junior Ballet solo for her performance of the Harlequinade variation on Tuesday evening, (10 August) at the Telford International Centre.
She was the youngest entrant in her category, yet the trio of judges placed her ahead of older dancers already training in full-time ballet schools. Freya is still attending Chiswick School
Like so many international events, the competition had been delayed from 2020 due to the pandemic. The disruption caused by the coronavirus limited dancers’ access to studios, making preparation all the harder.
Freya said, “All the online classes I had to do have been worth it. It has been very hard over the last 18 months, but this success means everything. I really hope it means I am well on my way to becoming a professional.”
Freya started her ballet career at the age of three, when she tried out a class in Moscow when her parents were living in the Russian capital. She continued on her return to London with lessons at Chiswick Theatre Arts, and later as a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School.
Freya performing during the competition
She is currently a Senior Associate, and also studies at Masters of Ballet, a West London school run by Elena Glurjidze, a former Principal Ballerina at English National Ballet, and Olga Semenova, a graduate of Saint Petersburg’s prestigious Vaganova Academy of Ballet.
From the autumn Freya will be auditioning for full-time ballet schools: the next step towards her dream of becoming a professional ballerina.
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August 14, 2021