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Fifty-five young dancers from county rehearse for new production of Swan Lake
YOUNG dancers from Oxfordshire have been mastering ballet moves at rehearsals for a new production of Swan Lake.
Fifty-five young dancers have been selected by the English Youth Ballet Company to appear in three performances of Tchaikovsky’s ballet at Oxford’s New Theatre in September.
Among those taking part are Sophie Laing, 15, Amy Matthews, 15, Darcey Shaw, nine, and Rachel Thompson, 12, all from Didcot.
They are among dancers chosen from locations across the county including Oxford, Abingdon, Witney, Wallingford, Kidlington and Banbury.
They were selected at auditions in May from over 250 hopefuls and began 10 days of rehearsals on Wednesday at the Oxford Academy in Littlemore.
They will appear in Swan Lake at the theatre in George Street, for three performances on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21.
They will perform alongside EYB’s principal artists in a professional production to gain an insight into what life is like as a ballet dancer.
Darcey, who goes to the European School in Culham, and is training at the Bernadine Soul School of Dance, said: “I’m nine now and I started dancing at the age of two. I love the way ballet is so graceful and flowing.
“I am looking forward to performing and meeting lots of people. When I grow up I would like to be a ballet teacher or a gym coach.”
Each rehearsal day starts with company being split into three groups for warm-ups.
After each rehearsal, the company gathers in the main studio to discuss what has been learnt.
Assistant artistic director Julianne Rice-Oxley said: “The young dancers have great energy and attack.”
The production is being staged at the theatre on Friday, September 20 at 7.30pm and on Saturday, September 21 at 2.30pm and at 7.30pm.
The budding ballerinas and ballerinos
Eve Barrett, 11, from Abingdon
Ronnie Bates, nine, from Cumnor
Maisie Bird, 15, from Barford St Michael
Mollie Bird, 11, from Bicester
Charlotte Boyce, 12, from Kidlington
Esme Calcutt, 15, from Deddington
Eleanor Carpenter, 14, from Wootton
Sam Edwards, 13, from Lower Shiplake
Kirstie Ferguson, 10, from Faringdon
Melissa Fowler, 15, from Launton near Bicester
Kirsty Fraser, 14, from Cholsey
Heidi Freeman, 11, from Wheatley
Emma Goudge, 14, from Appleford
Eleanor Harlow, 14, from Witney
Sophie Harlow, 12, from Witney
Kylen Harrison, nine, from Carterton
Natalia Hoesli, 12, from Eynsham
Imogen Holthouse, 16, from Burford
Vanessa Hyde, 13, from Radley
Isobel Hyland, 13, from Carterton
Madeleine Kellett, 11, from Benson
Hannah Kemp, 14, from Chipping Norton
Amy Kirtley, 18, from Headington,
Hannah Korting, 13, from Oxford
Oona Landgrebe, 14, from Chilton
Annabelle Lane, eight, from Chalgrove
Freya Leyland, 13, from Goring
Niamh Mapp, 15, from Ducklington
Amy Mathews, 15, from East Hagbourne
Sophie McGowan, 10, from Kings Sutton
Amelie Meaden, nine, from Chipping Norton
Beatrice Millar, 10, from South Stoke
Lilly Norton, 11, from Tackley
Klaudia Novelles, 10, from Kidlington
Kitty Parker, 15, from Chipping Norton
Claudia Pilbrow, 12, from Southmoor
Bethan Probert, 14, from Oxford
Olivia Rennie, nine, from Woodcote
Mariella Rodhouse, 15, from Banbury
Helen Sansome, 12, from Fritwell
Darcey Shaw, nine, from Didcot
Rebecca Smith, 12, from Abingdon
James Southall, nine, from Benson
Lucy Stoker, 12, from Tiddington
Zofia Strahnz, 10, from Deddington
Ellie Tandy, 11, from Wallingford
Rosie Thatcher, 10, from Banbury
Rachel Thompson, 12, from Chilton
Evie Tucker, 11, from Oxford
Rosie Turner, 17, from Longworth
Justice Vivdych-Grapake, 12, from Abingdon
Celia Willis, 13, from East Hendred
Jessica Willis, 11, from Hempton near Banbury
Aimie Wright, nine, from Kings Sutton
Anna Zakonyi, 13, from Oxford
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