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Young Redditch hopefuls get ballet break
3:30pm Monday 20th August 2012 in News
TWO young dancers from Redditch, are taking their first steps on the path to stardom, after they were selected to dance with the English Youth Ballet.
16-year-old Jessica King from Headless Cross, and 14-year-old Amber Warman from Walkwood, were both chosen from more than 300 young hopefuls, to appear in a new production of Swan Lake, which is being staged at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton.
The girls will have to undergo an intensive 10-day rehearsal process, similar to that of professional dancers in preparation for the production, which is being performed from September 21-22.
Miss King, who goes to Kingsley College, and trains at Elite Performing Arts, said: “I only started dance classes at the beginning of this year. I was in the Olympic team for gymnastics but I had to give up because I was injured in a car accident, so that’s when I started dancing.
"I am very excited about the performances of Swan Lake. I have never been in such a big production and I just want to get that experience. I auditioned for the Hammond School of dance and I will be going in there to study dancing. I would like to be a professional dancer.”
Company manager, Ben Garner, added: “Working with English Youth Ballet will be one of the highlights of these talented young dancer’s 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.”