Three schoolgirls have been given the opportunity to perform with the English Youth Ballet in a production of The Nutcracker.
The girls will take part in three performances at the Theatre Royal Nottingham next month after being selected from more than 250 young hopefuls.
Twelve-year-old Grace Gigner, a pupil at Bourne Grammar School, will take on the role of a snowflake in the magical ballet show.
She will be joined by Bourne Academy pupil Kirsten Johnson, 14, and 15-year-old Angela Wilson, of Uppingham Community College, who will appear as sugar flowers. Principal artist for the production, Oliver Speers, said: “There is such a wonderful team spirit in the young company. The young dancers we are working with in Nottingham have good technique and great energy. Working in a professional environment gives them a unique insight into life in a ballet company. They are so lucky and I feel very privileged to work with some of the UK’s most talented young dancers.”
The girls have already started weekend rehearsals ahead of the performances on July 25 and 26.
Grace, who trains at The Dance Academy in Swinstead, said: “I was over the moon to be chosen. I didn’t think I was going to get in because I’ve only been training for two years and there were more than 100 other girls at the audition.”
She is looking forward to lots of her friends, family and classmates from The Dance Academy being in the audience. Kirsten, who trains at Bourne To Dance, has been dancing for 10 years and hopes the show will be the first big step towards pursuing a career as a dancer. She said: “I’m really excited about the show. I’ve taken part in dance workshops and shows with my dance school before but never anything as big as this. It will be really good to show my family what I can do.”
Angela dedicates seven hours a week to ballet and trains with the Welland School of Dancing, the Harborough Academy of Performing Arts and the Graham Fletcher Ballet Associates.
She has already performed with the English Youth Ballet in a production of Swan Lake.
She said: “I’m so happy to be chosen to perform again. Some of the girls I met last time have been chosen again and I can’t wait to be on stage with them.”
Tickets for the show are available at www.trch.co.uk