Starting at a new school is daunting for any 13-year-old girl. When you join it abroad, without speaking a word of the language, it must be doubly so.But Beatrice Millar, a schoolgirl from Oxfordshire, has spoken of her joy in becoming the first British child to join the Bolshoi ballet’s school in decades, after realising she had finally been accepted into the ranks when she started being ticked off in Russian.Miss Millar, who spoke no Russian when she joined the school last year, has told of her excitement at being welcomed into the world-renowned school, where she is now coached just as strictly as her fellow classmates.She told the Telegraph she was the only girl in her class to have attended every class in her first term, being invited to watch older students performing and even being given gifts by her teacher.Earlier this year, she became the first British student under 16 to be invited to study at the world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow in decades, and only the 10th Briton ever to study in the elite institution’s 243-year history. She was accepted after teachers at the school watched a 15-minute audition tape, submitted by a dance teacher in the UK who saw the young dancer’s potential.Miss Millar has since moved to Russia with her mother, Lesley, and has spent her first term getting to grips with life under her new regime – not to mention navigating the icy pavements.Mrs Millar disclosed they had been learning to communicate with the “kind and friendly” Russian via Google translate, resorting to charades in shops when necessary.The pair have spent Christmas at the family home, and will return to brave the -16C temperatures of Moscow in the New Year.Miss Millar, who fits in 30 hours of schooling each week alongside her rigorous ballet schedule, said: “When I first came, my teacher treated me more gently than the Russian students but now she shouts at me and I am glad because it shows I am accepted as Russian. The Bolshoi, performing at the Royal Opera House this yearCredit:Paul Grover “Now I understand quite a lot of the messages and they are just simple things like it is someone’s turn to use the washing machine! “But I remember worrying that they were saying something important and I didn’t know what it was.”The young dancer added she hopes to spend her holiday practicing her stretching and strength work, to help catch up with classmates who have been taking six ballet classes a week for the last four years.Before returning to school, she will visit the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to watch the Royal Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker for inspiration, hoping to join their ranks one day.“It is my dream that one day I will dance there too,” she said. “I only get upset if I don’t get many corrections. Corrections are the way you get better.“The teachers only really concentrate on the best students so I am always happy to get corrections.“However good we are they always think we should be better.”She is now planning to help her Russian classmates with their English, with a group of them applying to the Royal Ballet’s summer school next year.“If we all get in then I can translate for them and they will know what it feels like in my position,” she said.“None of the house mothers speak any English and I used to worry at first because I didn’t know what was being said on the tannoy. Beatrice Millar in MoscowCredit:Elena Chernyshova Beatrice Millar in warmer climesCredit:Instagram Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.