Congratulations to Lily W who has received a distinction in her recent Intermediate Examination with the The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). This is the second of the RAD four vocational exams which are designed for those at a full-time dance school so a particularly incredible achievement considering Lily, is a 4th Form student at Fettes with a full academic timetable.
Lily explained that usually these exams would take place in a studio with an examiner marking you in person, however due to Covid-19, for the first time Lily had to film her exam and send it away for marking. She expressed that “It felt strange and made it harder to perform as there was no connection with an audience. I did the best I could in the circumstances and I am so pleased to have achieved a distinction.”
Lily has been dancing since the age of 5 and currently attends a local dance school in Edinburgh outside of Fettes. She was chosen to represent Team Scotland in the Dance World Cup last year which was sadly cancelled.
Lily was also a Scottish Ballet Associate for 4 years. Lily’s highlight from her dance career to date was performing with the Scottish Ballet Company for three winter seasons including being chosen to play Clara in The Nutcracker which she said was an amazing experience.
During lockdown, Lily is staying focused and still working hard on her GCSE coursework. As for dance, her lessons are all virtual and she is learning the syllabus for the advanced exam, which she hopes to sit in the next couple of years.
We would like to acknowledge Lily’s amazing dedication to her craft and wish her the best of luck with her future examinations.
Photo credits; Rimbaud Patron Photography and Scottish Ballet