The West Midlands equivalent of Billy Elliot could be about to be discovered in Birmingham with the opening of a prestigious £20 million ballet school in the city.
The Elmhurst School of Dance, equalled only by London's Royal Ballet School, has relocated from Surrey to the city.
It will serve as a magnet for young dancers from all over the world, many of whom will go on to be stars.
The school is particularly keen to uncover local talent who would not otherwise make the daunting move to London, the traditional training centre for dance.
Nearly 150 scholarships are being offered for youngsters aged 11 and over to train at the centre in Edgbaston and possibly be catapulted to stardom.
Principal John McNamara said: "We wanted to regionalise our training.
"We wanted to train talent here and get more and more people from the area who are talented dancers who wouldn't have dreamed of considering going to boarding school in London."
Bosses at the school have written to the heads of 900 primary schools in the region, including those in Birmingham's inner city, to see if they have any children interested in dance.
And, a number of them have been invited to a Saturday pre-vocational school.
If they prove gifted enough they will be invited to join the school full- time on a scholarship when they reach the age of 11.
"It is about blending into the dance and education system in the city," said Mr McNamara.
Though officially opened today by Sir Peter Wright, former director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, the school has been up and running for a year.
It has 214 pupils aged 11 to 19 from 15 different countries currently studying in the state-of-the-art building.
Of these, 131 youngsters aged 11 to 16 board on site with a number of sixthformers living in accommodation in Moseley.
Most of the pupils are girls, though a higher-than-usual proportion are boys - 50 in total, representing about a quarter of the school.
Elmhurst is the oldest vocational dance school in the country and has been running for 84 years.
The new complex represents the first purpose-built ballet school in Europe and includes seven dance studios, a 250-seat studio theatre, theatre workshop, classrooms, library and music facilities.
Some of the world's leading dancers have been recruited as tutors to the five-acre site, including Irek Mukhamedov, former principal dancer with the Bolshoi and The Royal Ballet.
The Government has donated £3 million to establish the centre as the future of dance education in the UK.
Mr McNamara said Elmhurst placed Birmingham at the forefront of a growth in popularity in dance in recent years.
"There has been a renaissance in dance in the last decade. What we are doing here is cutting-edge but it is also a reflection of a growing emphasis on dance, art and drama in the curriculum."
Mr McNamara claimed the school was also a shining example of the success of specialist schools.
The Government wants every school in the country to ultimately specialise in one of ten subjects including, maths, science, business and drama.
"We have been a specialist school for 84 years," he said.
"The students here do extremely well in league tables for GCSEs because they are focused and committed and are here because they want to learn."