Connie Farrell who was diagnosed with cancer when she was four years old has taken a step closer to fulfilling her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina .
Connie, from Surrey, was invited to watch Tamara rehearse with Lead Principal Isaac Hernandez and Junior Soloist Cesar Corrales for one of their upcoming performances of Le Corsaire at the Palais Garnier, in Paris.
And after that, was given the chance to take to the dance floor, for a one-to-one lesson. Tamara showed Connie how to perfect some of her favourite ballet positions
Connie has always wanted to be a ballerina when she grows up, but her dreams were almost shattered two years ago when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
She was delighted to meet Tamara, who is one of the world’s most recognised ballerinas, and was recently awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours for her services to ballet.
“I’ve had the best day in London, I got to watch the Le Corsaire rehearsals – the dancers were amazing. “Tamara gave me a dance lesson where I learned a great routine, she was really good.”
Connie being shown the ropes
“When I was poorly I was worried I wouldn’t be able to dance again but now I want to keep on practicing so I can be just like everyone I met today.”
Tamara said: “Today has been an honour and it’s wonderful to see that Connie, who has been through so much, has the determination and courage to dream big and follow her dreams.
“I have no doubt that one day little Connie will perform on stage and make her parents even prouder.”
Claire Rowney, director of Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens, said: “In the UK, around 1,700 children and 2,300 teens and young adults are diagnosed with cancer each year.