Young dancers are living their dream
Six Whitley Bay dancers are living the dream after being selected from hundreds to perform in a professional production of Giselle with the English Youth Ballet.
Amonik Melaco, 15, Molly Payne, 11, Charlotte Douglas, 12, Anna Fitzpatrick, 11, Emilie Watson, 14, and Kara Riall, 17, will star alongside international principal dancers – Adele Robbins, Amy Drew, Monica Tapiador, Oliver Speers, Richard Read, Brenden Bratulic and Trevor Wood, when they perform at Newcastle Tyne Theatre and Opera House next month.
The youngsters were chosen from nearly 250 young hopeful dancers, who turned up to the auditions in April.
Rehearsals for the ballet are currently taking place at Emmanuel School, West Bridgford. Amy Drew is one of EYB’s principal dancers – she previously danced with Tasmanian Classical Ballet and National Ballet of Ireland. She coaches the young dancers in rehearsals.
She said: “The young dancers are treated like professional dancers during rehearsals. We work them hard but the results are fantastic. They learn what the life of a professional dancer is like. They are living their dream and they love it.”
Giselle will be on stage on September 9 and 10.