A YOUNG performer from Chester has won a £7,500 scholarship.

Seven-year-old Xian from Chester will be attending Majestic Academy of Performing Arts and Dance Academy (MAPA) in Great Boughton Chester, who also attends Cherry Grove Primary School.

Xian attended MAPA for a short period, however was then unable to attend due to the expense of the funds. Xian started her scholarship the first week in September at MAPA, with this opportunity Xian can now attend all classes and continue to excel in what she loves to do and continue her journey with MAPA.

Xian can now attend musical theatre, drama, ballet, lyrical and commercial/street along with other dance classes unlimited for a full 12 months.

She was up against other children to win a scholarship and is successful in being offered the academy’s very first scholarship with many more to come.

Joanne Saunders, principle at MAPA, said: “Xian is truly a delight, so driven and hardworking, Xian is passionate in musical theatre and film and thrives upon the stage, always comes with a smile upon her face.

“She is not only exceptionally talented but works incredibly hard with her performing in singing, dance and drama.

“It’s an absolute a joy to watch her confidence grow and develop into a wonderful young person since joining MAPA in 2020 and it’s only fitting that she will thrive on her journey”

School head teacher said: "We are all absolutely delighted for Xian and her family, and that her talents have been recognised through this scholarship. We know Xian loves to sing, dance and act and this opportunity will really help her shine and fulfil her potential. Everyone at Cherry Grove is very proud and can't wait to see how Xian will flourish with this opportunity. We wish her every success!"

Xian’s mum said: “I was so excited to hear that my daughter Xian had been given this wonderful opportunity of a scholarship at MAPA. MAPA ‘Thankyou’ for believing in Xian, you are supporting us not just financially but emotionally. Words can’t express my sincere gratitude.”

“Xian is smart, energetic, funny and way to caring. Xian has a heart of gold and is obsessed with Steven Universe’ Netflix series.”

Xian has also been selected to be a part of the MAPA Dance Crew, were students are personally invited to join the team and will be professionally trained to dance nationally and international, representing MAPA.