A teenager from Northumberland has taken a big step towards achieving her dream of becoming a leading ballerina. Rachel Armstrong, from Stocksfield, has been thrown into the demanding world of the Bolshoi in Moscow.
She is only the 7th person from the UK to be accepted into the Bolshoi Academy, in the last hundred years.
She's never been to Russia before, and doesn't yet speak the language. Her life in Moscow is just beginning - as she takes up a rare and prestigious opportunity.
Rachel Armstrong has been participating in one of her first classes at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. The internationally-renowned company is among the oldest in the world, and only three dancers from the UK have graduated.
Its high standards produce exceptional classical ballet dancers. For this 17- year-old the experience is both exhilarating and intimidating.
At just six years old, Rachel was already in a tutu, and held an ambition to become a professional ballet dancer and to join the Bolshoi.
Her parents, who are both headteachers, say that their daughter's achievement is unbelievable.
Hilda Affleck taught Rachel at her studio in Gateshead for around six years, and helped her with her audition video for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
Rachel is still settling in, but a few home comforts are helping, such as her toy rabbit. She'll spend the next three years in Russia, dancing every day, hoping to realise her dancing dream.
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