Errin's ballet school fees.

by Errin Godwin Whalley in Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Raising funds to cover course fees for my three year degree course with Ballet West, Scotland, starting September 2018.

by Errin Godwin Whalley in Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

We did it
On 10th March 2018 we successfully raised £2,551 with 26 supporters in 56 days

Hi I’m Errin and I am a ballet dancer in training.  I have just been offered a place on the three year degree course with Ballet West, Scotland, starting September 2018. I am trying to raise funds for my tuition fees and living costs, which are considerable. For me this is a dream come true as it is my first choice ballet school. I am asking you to invest in my career at the very start and I will keep you updated in all that I do.  You can be part of my journey to become a professional Ballet Dancer. It is just wonderful to have a place at full – time training and one as good as Ballet West Scotland starting in September. You can find out about Ballet West at  


Being able to go to ballet school is very expensive. There is some funding available through the Student Award Agency in Scotland but nowhere near the amount needed to cover both fees, maintenance and other costs such as pointe shoes and uniform items.  The fees for Ballet West are £10,000 per year and the accommodation is £500 per month. I have a short fall of £9120 per year and this comes to £27,360 for the three year training.  I am asking you to help me raise money towards these costs, so that I can concentrate on ballet and improving my technique and performance skills.  All your pledges will be counted and I have four weeks to do this in so please share this to everyone you know who you think might support me. I thank you all so much in advance and hope you will enjoy being part of my ballet journey.


I have been dancing since I was three years old, inspired by a production of the Nutcracker that I saw at The Dome Theatre in Morecambe. My family are in theatre and my earliest memories are standing at the side of the stage watching productions

and loving every moment. I absolutely love Ballet, contemporary and theatre and have worked extremely hard to gain a place at Ballet School, with great determination. At present I travel every day after school for ballet classes around Scotland and sometimes further afield, Including Ballet West Associates in Edinburgh and Scottish Ballet advanced classes in Glasgow.

However, I nearly lost this dream at the age of eleven and had to overcome a great deal. I was diagnosed with a condition called Multiple Pituitary Hormone Deficiency. I stopped growing altogether and lost energy. When others were going off to ballet school I was in hospital seeing consultants.  I also missed a great deal of school so had to catch up academically.  With medical help and sheer hard work I gained the strength and techniques needed as a ballet dancer.  I also succeeded academically at school and although still small, have grown to an adult height.  Last year I gained seven NAT 5 exams (Scottish GCSE equivalents) and am now taking ‘Highers’ in Physics, Biology, Maths, Music and Drama. My place at Ballet school is unconditional as I already have the required academic qualifications. Surprising as it may seem I also love physics especially astrophysics, and playing my clarinet, and I will carry these on during my ballet training. 


I have already had incredible opportunities to dance with youth ballets companies and in classical ballets including: The English Youth Ballet in The Nutcracker’ (2011 in Stoke-on-Trent); ‘Coppélia’ (2012 in Southport); ‘Swan Lake’ (2013 in Preston); and ‘Giselle’ (2015 in Bradford). I played a house keeper in ‘Giselle’, which was updated to the 1920’s and set in the grounds of a stately home. I joined Ballet West Edinburgh Associates in 2012 and danced in:  Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake again, and this year I am rehearsing for Giselle where I am dancing a Pas de Deux.  These ballets were performed at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and at The Macroberts Theatre in Sterling. I am also playing Snow White in my dance school Christmas ballet at Birnam Arts. I also love choreographing my own dance pieces for my school showcases at Breadalbane Academy in Aberfeldy and previously at Dallam Academy in Milnthorpe in Cumbria.   

I have also acted in several plays for Whirlwind Theatre for Children and helped with costumes and prop making. The plays included: ‘Brilliant the Dinosaur’; ‘Around the Pond in 80 Days’; ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’, ‘The Tempest’, and ‘Mother Goose’. My favourite character was a very scary Ariel in ‘The Tempest’. I love playing scary characters because they are completely different to me.

Each year I take part in dance festivals and competitions including the RAD Dance challenge in London twice, with my own choreography and The RAD Senior Awards Day in Edinburgh.


Each one of my ballet schools and teachers are brilliant and a huge thank you from me for all their teaching and input.  Another thank you goes to my parents who have driven me miles to do what I do. My past and present ballet schools have really encouraged and helped me on my journey, these include:

Taylor School of Dance and Theatre Arts from 2004 – 2008, Laura Sandham School of Dance formally Joan Ward School of Dance 2008 – 2014, Birnam Arts Ballet School since 2014 to date, Julie Young Dance studios, 2014 to date, Starting Pointe Ballet School in Cumbernauld 2017 to date and Scottish Ballet drop in classes 2017 to date. I also attend Ballet West Edinburgh Associates and private lessons with Sara- Maria Barton, principle of Ballet West Edinburgh Associates and Inspire Master classes in Glasgow.








This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Small donation

Your name included on a T- shirt that I will wear before and after the first night of the ballet tours and invite to join my FB page

£20 or more

Medium donation

Your name included on a T- shirt that I will wear before and after the first night of the ballet tour and invite to join my FB page

£50 or more

Bronze level donation

Your name included on a T- shirt that I will wear before and after the first night of the ballet tour, invite to FB page and blog

£100 or more

Silver level donation

Your name included on a T- shirt I will wear on the first night of the ballet tour, an Invite to my FB page, blog and You Tube channel with regular news letter updates, free ticket to the ballets I’m in subject to availability

£500 or more

Gold level donation

Regular newsletter updates, Inclusion to my FB Page, Blog, You Tube channel, , your name included on a T- shirt that I will wear before and after the first night of the ballet tour, and two free tickets to see me in a ballet during my three year training (Subject to availability)

£1,000 or more

Platinum level donation

Signed pointe shoe, regular newsletter updates, invite to join my FB Page ,Blog and You tube channel, a family ticket to see me in a ballet during my three years (Subject to availability) and your name printed in gold on a the T shirt that I will wear on first night’

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