South Shields dance star Anya set to follow in sister’s footsteps

Anya, front, and Emilie Tyson have both been accepted to dance with The Royal Ballet.

Anya, front, and Emilie Tyson have both been accepted to dance with The Royal Ballet.

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A twinkle-toed youngster is dancing with delight after following in her family’s footsteps to win a royal seal of approval.

Talented Anya Tyson has completed a fantastic ‘feet’ after winning a prestigious place in the Royal Ballet School – just a year after her 10-year-old sister Emilie.

Anya Tyson is set to follow her sister Emilie's footsteps to dance with The Royal Ballet.

Anya Tyson is set to follow her sister Emilie's footsteps to dance with The Royal Ballet.

The gifted eight-year-old saw off competition from more than 2,000 hopefuls to win over an expert panel of judges, who travelled from London to oversee the keenly-contested audition held in Newcastle in April.

Mum Louise Tyson believes Emilie was the first girl from South Shields to be selected by the Royal Ballet School – with her younger sister now making it double joy for her family.

Anya will start her first year at the ballet school’s junior associates school in September, based in Newcastle, with big sister Emilie beginning her second term.

Mrs Tyson, 37, who lives in King George Road, South Shields, with Emilie and Anya, their big brother Rhys, 15, and husband Craig, also 37, is beaming with pride at the achievements of the hard-working pair of Westoe Crown Primary School pupils.

I couldn’t be prouder of my daughters.

Louise Tyson

She said: “Anya was accepted a year to the day that Emilie got her place in the Royal Ballet School.

“It is almost unheard of to have two sisters accepted into the ballet school.

“I got an email telling me Anya had been accepted, and when I showed her the message she was really pleased.

“Emilie is also over the moon for her sister and has been helping her with techniques.

Anya Tyson set to follow her sister Emilie's footsteps to dance with The Royal Ballet.

Anya Tyson set to follow her sister Emilie's footsteps to dance with The Royal Ballet.

“I couldn’t be prouder of my daughters.

Mrs Tyson is full of praise for the tutelage the dancing duo have received from Rachael McMahon at Suzanne Stuart’s Art of Dance, in Coronation Street, South Shields, and the continued support of Monica Newell, of Costume Creations, who creates their classical competition tutus.

Emilie is eager to take another big stride forward in her stage career by applying for a coveted spot at White Lodge in London, which provides full-time training to budding ballet stars of the future aged between 11 and 16.

If she is successful, Emilie will have to board full-time in London to pursue her dreams.

Mrs Turner added: “She is adament she would want to go so you have to let your children follow their dreams.”