Audition call for young dancers

English Youth Ballet in action'Photo by Ben Farmer
English Youth Ballet in action'Photo by Ben Farmer

English Youth Ballet is auditioning for roles in a magical, full-length production of Nutcracker, on Thursday, June 18, at the Pavilion Arts Centre in Buxton.

At the audition, 100 young male and female dancers (aged 8 – 18) will be offered the chance to rehearse with and then dance alongside international professional principal dancers in the production for three performances which will be presented at the Buxton Opera House from November 13-14.

Award-winning English Youth Ballet (known as EYB) is now in its 17th successful year and is one of the largest ballet companies in the UK. Itis a national touring ballet company with director Janet Lewis at its helm. Miss Lewis enjoyed an illustrious dancing career with the Royal Ballet Company and London Festival Ballet dancing alongside such greats as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.

The policy of EYB is to give professional performance experience to young dancers in venues close to where they live. The young dancers benefit from being coached and mentored by the professional dancers in an 11-day rehearsal period which takes place out of school hours. They gain an unique insight into what it is like to be a professional dancer.

Each audition will take the form of a regular ballet class. It is advisable to register for the audition in advance but it is possible to register on the day (please arrive 30 minutes early to register). The audition fee is £15 and all dancers participate in a full ballet class. Parents are invited to watch the audition.

Auditions will be held on Thursday, June 18 at: Pavilion Arts Centre, Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Road, Buxton, SK17 6BE. 4.30pm–6.15pm - Audition 1 (for dancers aged 8 – 11); 6.45– 8.30pm - Audition 2 (for dancers aged 12 – 18).

For more information and to register for the audition please contact Miss Lewis either on 01689 856747 or by emailing misslewis@englishyouthballet.co.uk. For more information about English Youth Ballet please visit www.englishyouthballet.co.uk