Devan is on a high about scholarship

Scarborough dancer Devan Kellett celebrates winning a 3 year scholarship to a top ballet school in Cambridge. She has been a longtime pupil of Susan Richards, behind, at her school of ballet at the YMCA.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  112527a
Scarborough dancer Devan Kellett celebrates winning a 3 year scholarship to a top ballet school in Cambridge. She has been a longtime pupil of Susan Richards, behind, at her school of ballet at the YMCA. Picture by Andrew Higgins 112527a

A SCARBOROUGH dancer is walking on air after winning a three-year scholarship to a top performing arts college in Cambridge.

Devan Kellett will start training in September at Bodywork Dance Studios in Cambridge.

The 19 year old will be studying dance and musical theatre for three years and is one of just 18 out of 150 who were recalled to be awarded a full Dance and Drama Award scholarship.

Devan started her dance career in Scarborough at the age of five with the Kevin O’Connor Irish dancers, winning a gold medal at the British Arts Awards.

She then started at Rowlies at the age of six and was a member of the competition team, learning the styles of rock n’ roll, street dance, slow and disco.

Devan then started with Susan Richards Ballet School, which is now the Yorkshire Coast School of Ballet, at the age of eight and was been dancing there for 11 years.

She said: “Miss Richards has taught me so much throughout the years and I cannot thank her enough for her dedication towards my dancing.”

The teenager has also trained with Shannon’s Irish dancers, touring Ireland and performing in Birmingham and Sardinia, Italy.

Devan has also attended many classes throughout the years at the Hatton School of Performing Arts.

She said: “Julie Hatton has given me a lot of guidance and with her expertise and advice it has helped me prepare myself for auditions.”

The former Northstead and Scalby School pupil has also done numerous shows at the YMCA.

Devan is currently studying for a BTEC Diploma in Musical Theatre at York College and is working towards her final major project, which is playing Carmen, one of the lead roles in the college’s production of Fame.

She said: “My mum and dad have really supported me in believing in me.

“I appreciate everything they have done for me and I’ll miss them a lot when I leave.”