Talented young dancer set to take the stage

Aimee Barker
Aimee Barker

A talented young dancer from Upper Beeding is currently rehearsing for a professional production of Swan Lake.

12 year old Aimee Barker, from Lets Dance Studio, is preparing to perform in the ballet, which will be presented at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley on November 25 and 26.

Swan Lake will be presented by English Youth Ballet, and will star international principal dancers – Amy Drew, Adele Robbins, Monica Tapiador, Richard Read, Brenden Bratulic, Trevor Wood and Steven Wheeler.

English Youth Ballet (EYB) held a huge audition for the ballet at The Hawth in July. Nearly 300 young hopeful dancers turned up to the two auditions which were held on the stage.

All the soloist and corps de ballet roles in the production will be performed by 100 of the finest dancers, aged eight to 18, from West Sussex and the surrounding areas.

Principal dancer Amy Drew will be dancing the leading role of Odette and Odile (the White and Black Swans) and she is training the young cast in rehearsals.

She previously danced with the Tasmanian Ballet Company and Ballet Ireland.

Amy said: “Rehearsals for Swan Lake are going very well in Crawley and I am really enjoying getting to know the young dancers. It is wonderful having such talented young people all in the same place and working together. I think that there is a unique and wonderful synergy that takes place because all the dancers learn so much from watching each other and from watching the professionals too. Our production of Swan Lake is such a dramatic ballet and I think that the young dancers really enjoy telling the story as it is very powerful and gripping.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office on 01293 553636 or online at www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth.

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