For teenage ballet dancer, Nikole Coombes, securing a place at a prestigious theatre school is a dream come true.
But the hopes of completing a dance course at The Hammond School, Chester, may be dashed if the schoolgirl cannot find the funding she needs to complete her studies.
Nikole, 16, from Hoghton, who is currently studying for her GCSEs at All Hallows Catholic High School in Penwortham, started dancing when she was 18 months old and has ambitions of joining the English youth ballet.
She said: “I have danced all my life, and going to the Hammond has been a dream of mine since I watched my older sister, Kerry, dance there when I was five years old.
“When I dance I forget everything and go into my own world.
“I have always struggled with things at school but dancing is something that comes naturally.
“I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t dance.”
Nikole, who lives with her parents, sister and younger brother, Ryan, seveb, auditioned for the high-profile school in February and following the gruelling selection process, was offered a place to study there in September.
However, as she didn’t secure a funded place she must now raise £5,457 term for three years.
Mum, Karen, who works at Royal Preston Hospital said: “The school is very hard to get into as there is a lot of competition from hundreds of other dancers so we were delighted when she was offered a place but there is just no way we can afford it.”
Nikole said: “I am really hoping I can get sponsorship from a business because it’s a lot of money to fund raise - maybe I could work for them at weekends.”