Young Hartlepool dancers land dream roles in Swan Lake

From left: Back row, Libby Cox, Milly Ramsey, Alanna Malt, Aiden Draper and Tionne Wyness. Front, Charlotte Watson and Jaimie-Leigh Palmer.
From left: Back row, Libby Cox, Milly Ramsey, Alanna Malt, Aiden Draper and Tionne Wyness. Front, Charlotte Watson and Jaimie-Leigh Palmer.
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Talented young performers from Hartlepool and East Durham will take to the stage in dream ballet roles.

A group of seven dancers will join the cast of the English Youth Ballet’s Swan Lake when it comes to the Sunderland Empire next month.

Adele Robbins and Oli Speers with members of the English Youth Ballet.

Adele Robbins and Oli Speers with members of the English Youth Ballet.

The ballet will star international principal dancers, Samantha Camejo, Adele Robbins, Monica Tapiador, Phillip Tunstall, Brenden Bratulic, Oliver Speers, Trevor Wood and Steven Wheeler.

All the soloist and group ballet roles in the production will be performed by 100 of the finest dancers (aged eight to 18) from the North East.

Among them will be five talented youngsters from Hartlepool and two from Peterlee.

Libby Cox, 11, and 12-year-old Milly Ramsey, both students at High Tunstall College of Science, and Tionne Wyness, ten, a Throston Primary School pupil, are all dancers with Dance World by Kellyanne Stevens and will be among the group.

I am looking forward to dancing with the English Youth Ballet

Charlotte Watson

They will be joined by West View Primary School pupil, Aiden Draper, 11, a student at Karen Liddle School of Dance, and Jaimie-Leigh Palmer, nine, a pupil at St Teresa’s RC Primary School, who dances with Elwick Academy Northern Arts.

Peterlee youngsters joining the group are, Alanna Malt, 15, a Shotton Hall Academy student, and Charlotte Watson, nine, a pupil at Shotton Hall Primary, and both girls dance with Greenhaff Dance School.

Charlotte said: “I started dancing when I was two and a half. I started as soon as my dance teacher said I was old enough.

“I am looking forward to dancing with English Youth Ballet on a big stage and showing my dancing abilities to people.

“In the future I would like to be a pop singer.”

The seven were among almost 250 young hopefuls who auditioned to be part of the English Youth Ballet (EYB) at the Sunderland Empire.

Director and founder of EYB, Janet Lewis, who was on the lookout for the hottest young dance talent, said: “EYB is all about providing extra performance experience to young dancers. We saw a very pleasing standard at the audition and it was lovely to see lots of enthusiasm.”

Swan Lake – one of the world’s favourite classical ballets - will be staged by the English Youth Ballet at Sunderland Empire on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17.

For tickets, call 0844 8713022 or visit www.atgtickets.com/sunderland.