Ballet stars shine

Newcastle ballet
Newcastle ballet

BEAMING with pride, these young dancers have spoken of their delight after gracing the stage alongside performers from a professional ballet company.

They have described the experience as amazing and inspirational.

The 11 talented stars, who all train at the Alnwick Academy of Dance, appeared with the English Youth Ballet (EYB) earlier this week, in a new adaptation of Swan Lake.

And boy, did they shine.

Stepping out in front of audiences at Newcastle’s Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, they showed true grace, skill and huge potential.

Taking to the stage for three performances over the course of Monday and Tuesday were Alnwick teens Tyler Angus, Caitlin Brown and Kristin Thompson, all aged 15, as well as 10-year-old Cora Drummond, nine-year-olds Kate Buddle and Victoria Riley, and Jemma Thew, eight.

They were joined by Seahouses lads Andrew Davison, 15, and Billy Swan, 11, Bamburgh lass Bronwen Stout, 15, and 15-year-old Ryan Duncan, from Longframlington.

The north Northumberland-based dancers were selected at an audition last year from hundreds of hopefuls to dance with the EYB.

Part of a cast of the best up-and-coming young talent from the region, they starred in this classical ballet led by professional principal artists.

It has been an unforgettable journey for these 11 stars, who were a credit to the area.

Billy said: “We have got to work with professionals, which has been an amazing experience.”

Kate added: “It has been a bit nerve-racking but I have really enjoyed it.”

Experiencing life as a professional ballet dancer, they worked on the production during an intensive rehearsal process.

Andrew admitted: “It has been intense, but it has been a great experience overall. The advice we have been given has really helped our dancing and performing and it really has been inspirational.”

And their hard work paid off, as they all served up memorable performances in what was a well-polished and enchanting show.

Lorien Slaughter, principal artist and choreographer with the EYB, paid tribute to the quality of the north Northumberland-based dancers.

“They are a very good standard and they have done tremendously well,” he said.