LUCINDA Croft is just 20 but already has the dance world at her feet.
She’s achieved the sort of success that many young dancers only attain when they are at a specialist ballet school, passing three Royal Academy of Dance exams, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced One.
Huddersfield dance school owner Barbara Peters said: “It’s exceptional for somebody to have got this outside a ballet school. Most of the people who go in for these exams are at ballet school and doing five hours work a day.”
Now this modest young woman is taking on another set of challenges.
She will continue to develop her ballet skills with her eyes set firmly on the next hurdle, Advance 2, while studying at university.
Lucinda has just begun a degree course at York University, studying not dance but mathematics.
It seems typical of Lucinda, who lives with her parents and two sisters in Almondbury.
She clearly sets her sights high and if she is as committed to her university work as she has been to her dance lessons then look out for another success story.
Lucinda will commute from Almondbury to York so she can continue to live with what is clearly a close family and help in the nursing home which her parents run.
She began dance lessons at Barbara’s school when she was three and is now the school’s longest remaining student. And she’s not just a ballet fan, studying tap and modern dance, too.
Sisters Bethany, who is 21, and Theodora, 12, attended Barbara’s school. These days it is younger sister Teddy who is still a dance fan.
“Bethany was probably more interested in football. She used to go to ballet classes afterwards!” joked Lucinda.
After going to King James’s School in Almondbury Lucinda did A-levels at Greenhead College.
But she’s done much more than her academic studies. She’s still having piano lessons and is now up to Grade 7. And as well as classes with Barbara and her staff, she learns ballroom and Latin dancing elsewhere.
Barbara said: “Lucinda’s just followed her ballet exams through from pre-primary to Grade 8. She’s worked really hard and got the best out of herself. It’s a huge commitment.
“She’s also taken part in all the school’s shows. She’s been a treasure.’’