TEN students have good reason to smile after a top-class performance in their first ever dancing auditions.
All ten youngsters, from the Greenhaff Dance School in East Durham, headed to the Whitley Bay Playhouse for an important date last month.
School spokesman Gemma Miller explained: “Ten of our students attended an audition for the Regional Youth Ballet’s performance of Les Sylphides.”
Each of the Greenhaff dancers had to perform during an audition which lasted for an hour and a half.
They had to appear on stage in front of a panel of adjudicators and parents which Gemma said was extremely nerve wracking.
She added: “This was the first audition our students have ever attended and I was extremely proud to hear all ten students were offered a place for the performance.”
But the hard work does not end there. The students now have the prospect of training for the show.
Gemma added: “There are 10, six-hour-long rehearsals between now and March so there is a lot of hard work ahead but the students cannot wait to get started.”
The successful students were Eve Race, Chloe Mason, Amelia Clarke, Ashleigh Armstrong, Lauren Wilson, Leah Brown, Kathryn Magee, Georgia Gray, Olivia Armstrong, and Erin Elliott.
Gemma said the students were aged between nine and 16 years old and they all take classes in ballet, tap and modern jazz.
Gemma said there was extra reason for the school to be proud.
She said the students would also be performing at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, in London this Easter.