Ex-racing driver among first transgender ballet dancers to sit prestigious Royal Academy of Dance exam

Do they have a linebacker position in ballet?

A former racing driver from North Yorkshire has become one of the first openly transgender ballet students to pass a Royal Academy of Dance ballet exam.

Sophie Rebecca*, 35, trained for her “intermediate foundation” qualification, the dance equivalent of an AS level exam, for over a year after quitting dance for a number of years.

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  • Brett_McS

    This is the UK, so Prop Forward.

  • ntt1

    there was a group called the Grandes ballets trocadero some years back that toured a spoof swan lake ;danced entirely by line backer types. it had unplanned for elements of all in wrestling as they manfully tried to pull off the plieyes without busting out of their unitards. he/she / it could fit in with that kind of group but as a delicate ballerina? LOL.

    • Sounds like a fun show.

    • Waffle
      • ntt1

        You bet nice digging they were hilarious the stage planks creaked under their weight

    • Frances

      They’re still around – and apparently put on a really great show.

  • Brenda

    She’s starting as a dancer at age 35? Umm…

    • Seems a touch old for that gig.

    • Clink9

      They feel sorry for him.

    • Watchman

      Whoop! Whoop! WHOOP!
      Agist alert – all hands to stations.

      Haven’t you ever seen 70+ year old ballet dancers before? (Neither have I.)

      • Frances

        The late, great Dame Margot Fonteyn didn’t retire until she was 61. She was 42 when she began performing with Rudolf Nureyev in 1962 (he was 24), and that partnership lasted until her retirement in 1979.

  • bob e

    who’s gonna clean up the puke from the audience ??