Three Falkirk Bairns destined for big smoke

Christopher Foley, Stefanie Eadie and Aidan Harkins are leaving Falkirk for the bright lights of London
Christopher Foley, Stefanie Eadie and Aidan Harkins are leaving Falkirk for the bright lights of London

Three friends who attended the same dance school, have been offered places at prestigious performing arts schools in England.

Stefanie Eadie (18), Aidan Harkins (18) and Christopher Foley (19) graduated from Dance School of Scotland in June and will now hone their craft at colleges in the south.

Stefanie, a former Braes High pupil from Reddingmuirhead, is going to Bird College in Kent, after living at the performing
arts school in Knightswood, Glasgow for the last four years.

She said: “The boys and I became good friends when we were at Knightswood together and would travel home at weekends. We’ll still travel home together, but the commute is going to be a bit longer!”

Former St Mungo’s pupil Aidan from Carron is going to Guildford School of Acting in Surrey while Christopher, who attended Grangemouth High before moving to Knightswood in S5, is going to Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom.

Stefanie said: “We know how lucky we are to get places at the colleges.

“We each applied to about seven schools and we were all accepted to three of them.

“When you think that the average performing arts school has 2000 applicants for 30 places, you realise it’s incredible that three teenagers from Falkirk have places.”

All three are studying professional dance and musical theatre and Stefanie and Aidan are Falkirk Children’s Theatre alumni.

They hope to perform in London’s West End, in professional shows or teach after graduating.

The courses are funded by student loans with Christopher on a full scholarship.

Stefanie added: “The courses are very expensive, once you are accepted there are course fees and there are always payments needed for costumes, trips and uniforms.

“We are all looking at sponsorship and grants we can apply for.

“I wrote to several Scottish business and Tunnoch Teacakes have agreed to sponsor me, which will help with costs.

“And I’ve been assured I don’t need to dance in a giant teacake costume in return!”