DANCING star Thomas Adams has clinched a place at a famous academy.
The Hartlepool 17-year-old, who made national headlines three years ago with his drag act, can’t wait to get started at the Urdang Academy, in London.
In late 2011, Thomas, then 14, appeared as his alter ego, Tomara, on ITV’s Daybreak. The talented performer from the Debbie Barrass Academy of Dance, in Hartlepool – and who also trained with well-known entertainer Peter de Dee – wowed the world with his performing skills.
The Manor College of Technology student was named British Senior Song and Dance Champion after competing in drag and performing the hit I Am What I Am from the classic musical Le Cage Aux Folles.
Nearly three years on, he has secured a 100 per cent scholarship in dance and drama at the academy, in Islington. Looking back on his successes in 2011, Thomas said: “It has given me a lot of confidence. It has helped me with being on stage.
“I can’t wait to take up this opportunity. It has been my dream for ages, but I can’t believe how fast it has come round.”
Thomas started training when he was 10 and has won numerous other titles. He also reached the finals of the Talent Festival UK competition to be held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
His aims for the future include starring in the West End. His achievements so far have certainly impressed Debbie Barrass, the owner of the Hartlepool dance school where he trains.
She said she was “incredibly proud of a young man with the talent to go far.”
Thomas’s mum, Sharon Adams, 43, said: “He is doing extremely well. I am so proud of him. He has worked very hard to achieve what he’s done.”
Although Thomas has a scholarship, he still needs help with many other costs. Anyone who can help him should email firstname.lastname@example.org