A YOUNG ballet dancer has beaten hundreds of other hopefuls to clinch a place at the Royal Ballet School in London.
And 10-year-old James Stephens' success is all the more amazing as he started ballet lessons only in the autumn of 2003.
James, of Marsden - a pupil at Huddersfield Grammar School - will now move to a boarding school in September at the ballet school in Richmond Park, London.
He is following in the footsteps of the movie character Billy Elliot - the boy who made it into the Royal Ballet School and went on to stardom.
James had already tasted success last summer when he was spotted by the Royal Ballet as one of the hottest prospects in the country and was accepted to dance with the Junior Associates of the Royal Ballet in Leeds.
James is a pupil at the Bernadette Heys School of Theatre Dance in Marsden - and Bernadette spotted his talent and persuaded his parents to take him to the Royal Ballet School auditions.
Lesley said: "There were only 12 places and youngsters came from all over the world to audition. I understand 700 auditioned.
"We would probably not have put him in for the audition without Bernadette."
James will now attend the Royal Ballet School until he is 16.
Bernadette said: "We realised James had something special right from his first lesson. He was outstanding.
"He's so dedicated to his dancing and comes to the studio five times a week."
But he is not the first pupil from the dancing school to reach such heights.
Ten years ago Meltham boy Martyn Garside clinched a place at the Royal Ballet School when he was 11.
He is now 20 and dances with the San Francisco Ballet Company in America.
Parents Tony and Lesley have a double reason to be proud - their other son, 12-year-old Jos, is one of England's most promising gymnasts.
Jos trained at Huddersfield Gymnastics Club for six years and is now a member of City of Leeds Gymnastics Club.
He is first reserve for the British under 14 gymnastics squad.
He used to attend Huddersfield Grammar School and is now a boarding pupil at Woodhouse Grove School in Apperley Bridge between Leeds and Bradford.
The school specialises in sporting excellence.