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Talented ballerinas (from left, back row) Amy Deakin, Natasha Agarwal, Rebecca Leech, Jasmine Dyer, and (front row) Rachel Ellis.
Talented ballerinas (from left, back row) Amy Deakin, Natasha Agarwal, Rebecca Leech, Jasmine Dyer, and (front row) Rachel Ellis.
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FIVE young St Helens ballerinas have been chosen to dance alongside established stars in a spectacular English Youth Ballet adaptation of Swan Lake.

Seventeen-year-old Natasha Agarwal, of Eccleston, is set to play the tsar’s sister and the Spanish princess in a trio of shows at the Charter Theatre in Preston on April 5 and 6.

Fellow Elizabeth Hill dance school pupils Amy Deakin, 13, of Billinge, and Rachel Ellis, 11, of Newton-le-Willows, are also set to perform.

Amy will play a little mariinsky dancer and Rachel a cygnet.

Cowley pupil Jasmine Dyer, 13, who attends the Kate Simmons dance school, is also set to play a little mariinsky dancer and 13-year-old De La Salle pupil Rebecca Leech will play a swan.

All of the girls are currently being put through their paces in intensive rehearsals at Walton-le-Dale Arts College.

Principal ballerina Julianne Rice Oxley said: “The young dancers we are working with in have great energy and attack.

“Working in a professional environment gives the students a unique insight into life in a ballet company. They are so lucky - I wish there had been something like EYB when I was training!

Performed to Tchaikovsky’s soaring musical score, the choreography - created by English Youth Ballet director Janet Lewis - is largely faithful to the well-loved original.

Tickets from 0844 344 7714.