New Principal for Lyme School of Ballet

PUBLISHED: 07:01 21 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:02 24 July 2018

Freya Lovett and  Jill Chase. Picture: SUBMITTED

Freya Lovett and Jill Chase. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Uplyme woman Freya Lovett succeeds Jill Chase.

A former Colyton Grammar School pupil has become the principal of the prestigious Lyme School of Ballet following the retirement of its inspirational founder Jill Chase.

Freya Lovett, succeeds Mrs Chase who set up the school 42 years ago, teaching and encouraging more than 500 pupils to achieve excellent results in examinations set by the Royal Academy of Dance.

Most passed with distinction or merit.

“The school has been such a large part of my life over the years,” said Mrs Chase. “It has all been so very enjoyable and rewarding, but I feel that now is the right time for me to retire.

“I wish Freya every success - I am sure she will do an excellent job. I am very happy to be handing over to such a keen and talented young lady.”

Freya, 22, who now lives in Uplyme, joined the ballet school at the age of 12 and went on to become one of Jill’s host of star pupils. Many of them have enhanced the local entertainment scene, featuring in local stage productions over the years.

Freya, a registered Royal Academy of Dance teacher, has just completed two years study on a BA honors degree course in dance.

“I shall be ever grateful to Jill for the extraordinary opportunity she has given me, and will always endeavour to make her proud,” said Freya. “Jill has served the community and has worked tirelessly to provide a fantastic educational opportunity for up to three generations of local families.

“Without her encouragement, fantastic teaching and such kindness I would certainly not be where I am today.

“So many have had the privilege of being taught by Jill, and I am particularly humbled to have been given the opportunity to follow her as principal of the Lyme School of Ballet.

“Her ballet shoes are rather great to even begin to try and fill, but I look forward to dedicating my working life to our students.

“Jill has allowed me to realise a lifelong dream, sharing my love for classical ballet with the rest of our community. I am so excited.”

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