Principals from four West Norfolk dance schools were thrilled to hear that their students would be performing with a national ballet company in a brand new production of the classic Swan Lake.
Sixteen students from Footlights Performing Arts, Lynn Academy of Dance and Noise and Chance in Lynn, and one from School of Dance Watlington were chosen out of 200 applicants from across the whole county.
Nine-year-old Teddy Adams, 17-year-old Joshua Harding and 16-year-old Charlotte Pickles, all students at Footlights Performing Arts, were given the chance to appear in the production.
Principal Tina Rodgers said: “It’s an amazing experience for them and it all helps with their training while giving them the opportunity to work with other choreographers and to meet other dancers.”
From Lynn Academy of Dancing, Caitlyn Frary, 15, from South Wootton, and Isabel Harmer-Borley, 12, of Gayton, were chosen to perform as swans and cygnets.
Principal Karen Waite said: “I’m just so pleased they got through. They have both been dancing with me since they were two-years-old and it’s such a wonderful opportunity for them.”
Isabella Grimes, nine, a student at School of Dance Watlington, from Fincham, was chosen to play the role of the Tsar’s courtier.
Emily Cole, principal at the school, said: “We’re very proud of her and we’re hoping to go see it. She loves her ballet and she’ll get to experience a really professional atmosphere.”
Also chosen to perform were 11 students from Noise and Chance School of Dance – Emily Clark, 13, Demelza Mason, 11, Sophia Collins, nine, Ethan Croker, eight, Lillie-Anna Kirkpatrick, 11, Olivia Patterson, nine, Katie Rattenbury, nine, Summer Rose, 10, Lauren Southwell, 10, Mia Sutherland, nine, and Becca Williams, 15.
Trina Lee, principal at Noise and Chance, said: “It was so lovely to hear that our pupils were very successful at the auditions, in addition to this Emily Clark gained a solo on pointe and Lauren Southwell has been chosen to dance one of the cygnets. I am delighted.”
The dancers will be performing at Norwich’s Theatre Royal in three performances over March 7 and 8, each evening at 7.30pm and in a matinee showing at 2.30pm on the Saturday.
Tickets are available from www.theatre royalnorwich.co.uk or on 01603 630000.