Youngster dances her way to big ballet production

Isobel Joyce, of Appley Bridge, will perform in Coppelia
Isobel Joyce, of Appley Bridge, will perform in Coppelia
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A youngster who attends a St Helens dance school danced her way to a big ballet production.

Isobel Joyce, who attens the Elizabeth Hill dance school, was selected from more than 200 young hopefuls to appear in a production of Coppelia at the Plaza Theatre in Stockport with the English Youth Ballet (EYB).

There, she danced alongside EYB’s stunning international principal artists and gained a unique insight into what life is like as a professional ballet dancer.

The nine-year-old underwent an intensive 10-day rehearsal process before appearing in the show and had to follow a complex timetable.

Isobel, of Appley Bridge, said: “I love dancing and have done it since I was three. I was really excited and enjoyed working with the professional dancers.

“I love performing on stage and being in competitions.”

Her mum, Anita, said: “We are so proud of her.”

Australian principal ballerina, Amy Drew said: “Working in a professional environment gives the students a unique insight into life in a ballet company.

“Isobel is so lucky – I wish there had been something like EYB when I was training. I feel very privileged to be a principal with the EYB as I get to work with some of the UK’s most talented young dancers.

“I find them incredibly inspiring.”

Coppelia follows the escapades of the dreamy Franz and how he comically falls in love with a beautiful, life-like doll.

The doll – Coppelia – is created by the eccentric, yet mysterious inventor, Dr Coppelius.

The hilarious plot thickens when Franz’s jealous lover, Swanhilda, takes her friends on an adventure into the spooky house of the mad inventor to confront her rival.