West End story for Leeds boy, 11

Meanwood dancer Junior Frood in action in the West End
Meanwood dancer Junior Frood in action in the West End
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An 11-year-old boy is a step closer to his dream of being a professional dancer after taking part in a summer school at a famous dance studio.

Junior Frood, of Meanwood, is already a national freestyle champion after teaching himself hip-hop routines by watching Youtube videos.

As part of his prize for winning the UK title, the youngster was invited to spend a week at Pineapple Dance Studios in London and even got to perform on a West End stage.

Junior, who starts at West Leeds Academy in September, got to work with top choreographers who have taught stars including JLS, Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Will Smith.

His talent impressed tutors so much that he was voted the best dancer on the summer programme and was asked to perform a solo routine in a Pineapple show at the Leicester Square Theatre.

His travel expenses for the trip to the capital were met by the Ann Maguire Foundation and the Leeds Community Foundation, which have supported Junior in his ambition to appear in West End musicals.

“Without their kindness and help Junior would not have been able to attend the scholarship and would not have achieved his lifelong dream. I am sure that Ann Maguire would be so happy and proud to know that youngsters are getting once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and developing their dreams, all in her name and in remembrance of her. There is no better legacy than what they have given my son and we can never thank or repay them enough for this opportunity,” said Junior’s mum Kerry Frood, a nurse.

“He wants to make it in the West End and we think he can go all the way,” she added.