Ellis' dreams come true in professional production of Swan Lake

A superb achievement has been made by talented young dancer - Ellis Lee (12) from Mirfield. In March, she was chosen to be part of the 80-strong cast of English Youth Ballet’s (EYB’s) production of Swan Lake at the Victoria Theatre.
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Ellis was selected by EYB in a hugely competitive audition back. There were over 150 hopeful dancers at the audition. The dancers participated in a full ballet class onstage at the Victoria Theatre with parents watching from the auditorium. It was very exciting – as successful auditionees were informed on the day of the audition.

She is currently experiencing the life of a professional dancer in rehearsals. The cast of young dancers are super excited, as they will perform alongside international professional dancers in English Youth Ballet’s Swan Lake at the Victoria Theatre.

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Ellis goes to Castle Hall Academy and is training at the Sutton School of Performing Arts. I spoke to her about her dancing, being part of EYB and the future: “Since I could walk I have always enjoyed dancing around anywhere and everywhere. I like the sense of pride when someone is watching me, particularly younger dancers, like I once was, looking up to me! Its great feeling accomplished when I have nailed a step. I love performing in front of people and doing ballet. Last time I did EYB, I improved a lot and I hope to again this time! I dance 6 days each week and I go to Northern Ballet in Leeds. I would love to become a professional principal ballet dancer - dancing for a company.”

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EYB Principal – Ann Wall will be starring as Odette (the White Swan) in the production. Before joining EYB she danced with the Ballet Cymru. She said “I wish I had danced with EYB when I was young. The dancers learn so much about performance skills and the artistry of ballet. I love working as a principal dancer with EYB because I get to dance challenging and iconic roles and I also teach the young dancers and see them progress. The sets and costumes in the production are superb and the whole experience is one the young dancers (and the audiences) will never forget!”

There are now ex-EYB young performers in some of the world’s best companies – including the Royal Ballet.

The Swan Lake performances will be at the Victoria Theatre from Fri 7 – Sat 8 July. Tickets can be bought at the Box Office on 01422 351158 or at www.victoriatheatre.co.uk