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.
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