Ballet mum proud her daughter won Tring Park scholarship

12-339   Tring dancers, Jo de Souza and daughter Jessie de Souza Lewis, aged 11.
12-339 Tring dancers, Jo de Souza and daughter Jessie de Souza Lewis, aged 11.

WINNING a scholarship to attend one of the country’s most prestigious performing arts schools only goes to show that a talent for dancing runs in the family for one youngster.

Read the full story in the Berkhamsted and Tring Gazette April 18 edition.

Jessica de Souza-Lewis will follow in her mother’s footsteps when she takes her place at Tring Park this September.

The 11-year-old who lives in the town and currently attends Dundale School auditioned for the Music Dance Scholarship last November.

Both her parents are professional dancers yet they did not intend for her to follow in their elegant steps.

Her mother Jo De Souza said: “We only let her take up ballet when she was six years old to stop the limp she had after breaking her leg.”

Jo, who also attended Tring Park, had a 13-year career as a professional dancer in the London City Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, English National Ballet and Joffrey Ballet of Chicago in USA.