Ballet youngsters are dancing for joy

The ten young dancers from north Northumberland who will appear in the English Youth Ballet performance of Swan Lake.
The ten young dancers from north Northumberland who will appear in the English Youth Ballet performance of Swan Lake.

ELEVEN of north Northumberland’s top young dancers are to dance in a performance with a professional ballet company.

The talented youngsters, who all train at the Alnwick Academy of Dancing, were selected at an audition in 2011 from over 200 young hopefuls to dance with the English Youth Ballet (EYB).

Those selected are Duchess’s Community High School pupils Caitlin Brown, Tyler Angus, Andrew Davison, Bronwen Stout and Kristin Thompson, Ryan Duncan from Longframlington, Hipsburn First School pupil Kate Buddle, Cora Drummond, who attends St Paul’s Middle School in Alnwick, Victoria Riley and Jemma Thew, both Alnwick South First School pupils and Billy Swan, who goes to Seahouses Middle School.

The young dancers are all aged between eight and 15.

They will appear in an electrifying new adaptation of Swan Lake at the Mill Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, for three performances from Monday to Tuesday, April 16 and 17.

The young dancers in the cast will dance alongside EYB’s stunning international principal artists in a professional production.

And they are experiencing the life of a professional ballet dancer – working at John Spence School in Tynemouth in an 11-day intensive rehearsal process.

Company manager Ben Garner said: “Working with English Youth Ballet will be one of the highlights of these talented young dancers’ careers to date.

“The audiences watching EYB are in for a unique and exciting experience too.

“They will be seeing both top international principal artists and the best up-and-coming young talent from their region sharing the stage.”