The World At His Feet
Ballet stardom! That is what awaits Moorland pupil Joshua Fickling. Incredibly, after being selected from 1000’s of talented young dancers from around the globe for the opportunity, Josh recently returned from New York where he performed in the Youth America Grand Prix.
Alongside a small and talented selection of fellow dancers, Josh performed in front of the Associate Director of Boston Ballet, Peter Stark, as well as Directors of many leading companies around the world. This illustrious event took place in April inside the world-famous Lincoln Centre and was made even more special with it being the 20th Anniversary Gala.
The Grand Prix showcased the world’s best young dancers, all of whom were performing to win sort after scholarships.
Quite incredibly, Josh was the only British male representative at the event. This speaks volumes of the talent which this young man has. We can’t quite imagine how incredible the atmosphere must have been, but when asked about the experience, Josh said:
“I had nervous excitement when I got there. I went with my Dad and we were there for 10 days. There were classes in the first couple of days then the rehearsals for a show. I was living the dream! I didn’t want it to end!”
Josh is not only a talented dancer, but he also possesses great professionalism for such a young man. Keeping his cool under immense pressure and despite the show-runners sending the dancers out to perform in the wrong order, Josh was successful in winning a scholarship. As a result of this, over the summer Josh will be attending Boston Ballet Academy for 5 weeks.
This is an incredible achievement and a wonderful opportunity for Josh to be taught by some of the best teachers in the industry, as well as to dance alongside other young dancers of the highest-calibre.
Having danced since the age of three, Josh’s passion for the craft only seems to be growing. Josh says it is “the freedom of dance” that he loves and looks forward to a promising career as a professional ballet dancer. It is his ambition “to perform in the American Ballet Theatre or Royal Ballet and to perform as Romeo (Romeo and Juliet).” Josh’s talents don’t stop at dance though. He is also a talented musician and a keen trumpet player.
We are extremely proud of this young man’s dedication, hard work, and humbleness in recognition of his achievements. We don’t doubt that with continued hard work and dedication he will achieve his dreams and all of us here at Moorland School and the Ballet Academy will do everything we can to support him on his exciting journey that is only just beginning.