Thursday 25th September 2008 by C. Freeman
Year 8 student Eliot Beeby has a variety of hobbies but the most unusual one is ballet. It was a compulsory part of the curriculum at his former school and Eliot, who has been studying it for eight years, has recently been awarded his Grade 4 certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance.
Eliot trains weekly at Northampton. He said: 'Ballet does keeps you fit and flexible. We have to practise different moves on the barre. We then have exercises which are like mini-dances consisting of the moves and then there's studies which you have to learn and perfect.'
Eliot is the only boy in his dance class and his favourite bit is learning how to perfect the leaps. He said: 'You are supposed to point your feet and have your whole body at a certain angle so it looks just right. Sometimes I do pull muscles in my legs. That happens rarely but I always get absolutely worn out in the session. It is really good exercise. My teacher is nice but she is quite strict, she makes you really work hard.'
Dance is not Eliot's only hobby as he also rides, plays the saxophone and piano and has been learning taekwondo for the past two years as well. He said: “I do have a lot of interests and though I enjoy ballet I'm not sure it's something I would want to pursue as a career although I've got no plans to give it up either. It's quite a good hobby.'