Young dancers prepare for Swan Lake production in Newcastle

PUBLISHED: 16:27 16 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:10 20 February 2013

Front (left to right): Amy Kyle, Lucy Blythman, Sophie Ward, Summer Fenwic. Back (left to right): Charlotte Wilkinson, Chloe Dickinson, Kirby Hanson, Milly Harrison

Front (left to right): Amy Kyle, Lucy Blythman, Sophie Ward, Summer Fenwic. Back (left to right): Charlotte Wilkinson, Chloe Dickinson, Kirby Hanson, Milly Harrison

Young dancers from across the North East are preparing to take centre stage in a new production of Swan Lake

A hundred young dancers from across the North East are preparing for the biggest show of their lives. The youngsters tipped to be the ballet stars of the future are rehearsing for a new adaptation of Swan Lake.

The young dancers, who are all aged from eight-18 are working with seven professional principal dancers for the English Youth Ballet production at Newcastles Mill Tyne Theatre.

EYB Director Janet Lewis MBE said: Swan Lake is technically and dramatically the most challenging of all the classic ballets. I think this production will shake up the ballet world and stretch the young dancers to the maximum.

Eight dancers aged between nine and 12 have been chosen to dance the roles of the Cygnets and are being mentored by Julianne Rice-Oxley who is also starring as Odette in the ballet. She said the dancers were chosen for the roles of Cygnets as they had strong footwork and bright personalities.

Cygnets Sophie Ward and Lucy Blythman who both live in Gateshead are training at the Reavley Theatre School. Sophie, 10, is a Junior Associate of the Royal Ballet School and she said: The audition for Swan Lake was huge I was so pleased and honoured to get in.

And 12-year-old Lucy added: A Cygnet is a big role and I cant wait. It is amazing to be dancing with professionals. It is going to make me a better dancer. I would love to be a professional dancer but if I cant do that, I would love to be in the West End or on TV I dont mind, as long as I am performing.

Award-winning EYB is one of the UKs largest ballet companies. It provides a unique experience for young dancers and audiences and is the only touring company to blend the talents of top international principal dancers with the most promising young ballet dancers from each region.

The choreography has been created by EYBs artistic team to be faithful to
the well-loved original version and the ballet will include the soaring
Tchaikovsky musical score, opulent sets and lavish costumes.

Swan Lake is at the Mill Tyne Theatre, Newcastle for three performances only. Monday April 16th at 7.30pm and Tuesday April 17th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. For tickets call 0844 493 9999 or go to www.millvolvotynetheatre.co.uk




The print version of this article appeared in the April 2012 issue of North East Life


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