AN ASPIRING ballet star is urging fellow budding dancers to audition for a place at a prestigious Edinburgh school.

Lily Heming, from Crieff, is currently undertaking full-time dance training after impressing the Oliver Award-winning dance legend Peter Schaufuss during an audition for a place at his Edinburgh Festival Ballet School, based in the Capital’s New Town.

The 16-year-old has relished the opportunity to be a part of the school in its first year and has noticed a significant improvement in both her skills and confidence since joining.

Lily said: “Training to be a professional ballet dancer is hard work but it’s so worth it.

“The tutors at Edinburgh Festival Ballet School really encourage you to perfect the basic ballet techniques first then help you build your skills from there so that you can become the best dancer you can be.

“Since starting the course, my technical skills have improved so much and I’ve loved the experience.

“I’d encourage anyone who’s considering auditioning for a place at Edinburgh Festival Ballet School to do it.”

Schaufuss, the dancer, choreographer and director who founded the English National Ballet in 1988, is encouraging fellow ballet hopefuls to audition.

He said: “I wanted to pass on what I have learnt through all my years of experience in the dance world and we have been delighted with the success of the pilot course run in the past year.

“I’ve been heartened to witness first-hand the progress of our full-time cohort and younger part-time dancers."

Scottish youngsters aged 12 and older with ambitions of a career in dance are invited to apply.

Auditions take place on Saturday, February 22.

Visit edinburghfestivalballet.com or email lee@rosetheatreedinburgh.com for more information.