Talented teenager Rebecca Hutchins is dancing up a storm in the Big Smoke.
The 16-year-old from Larbert has relocated to London to study musical theatre at the prestigious Urdang Academy.
Rebecca moved south in September and is finding her feet in the capital after securing a three-year scholarship.
There had been worries she wouldn’t be able to attend dance school, despite being accepted by four London establishments, due to new funding rules.
But thanks to a bursary and a lot of help from mum Frances, a midwife, and dad Alan, a steel erector, Rebecca is living out her dreams.
Rebecca, who is home to take part in her local school McKechnie School of Dance’s annual show ‘#Dance’, said moving out at 16 has forced her to grow up.
“I’m living in student accommodation with other students from Urdang. It took some adjusting but I am loving being in London now. It’s the centre of the creative industry and I get to work with the best dance teachers, choreographers and acting tutors in the country.
“Everyone remarks that I seem a lot older now, but I’ve had to grow up fast. I am young to move down south, but a dancer’s career can be short so I need to make the most of it while I can.”
Rebecca has been dancing since she could walk and has won dozens of trophies and championships during her time with McKechnie School of Dance.
The former Falkirk High pupil also credits voice and acting coach Chris Judge of Voice Jam for helping her secure a place at drama school.
The teenager added: “Chris did a lot of work with me to help prepare for auditions. Without him, Nadine and Irene I wouldn’t be where I am now, I can’t thank them enough.”
Rebecca hopes to make it on to the West End stage soon and can start auditioning for parts once she is in the final year of the three-year diploma.
Nadine McKenzie said everyone at the school is incredibly proud of the former pupil: “Rebecca has a phenomenal talent and she works really hard at it too.
“We are so proud of her, Rebecca is definitely a name to watch out for. It will be up in lights one day soon.”
Rebecca will be on stage this weekend at Falkirk Town Hall.
‘#Dance’ is on at Falkirk Town Hall on Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday March 2 at 2 p.m.
Over 140 local dancers aged from one will perform in the variety show which includes dances from ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘The Lion King’.
Tickets available from Nadine McKenzie on 07595 957656. Some may be available on the door on the night.