NEW YORK POST – JACKIE SALO/ PHOTO CREDIT: SOPHIE REBECCA
A former race car driver in the United Kingdom has taken a major leap for transgender women on the ballet stage.
Sophie Rebecca, 37, from Leeds, has become the first transgender woman to pass exams at the Royal Ballet Academy — just two years after transitioning to female.
“I was so nervous for my exam, which was examined at my dance school by a Royal Academy of Dance examiner,” she said. “I was convinced I’d failed but to find out I’d passed was the best feeling in the world.”
The ballerina, who is 6-foot-3, said the achievement was one that she never thought would be possible for her.
For years, Sophie yearned to learn to dance as a woman, but she said no one would teach her the female technique while living as a man.