Isobel’s tu-tu good for rivals

Isobel Joyce, of Appley Bridge, will perform in Coppelia
Isobel Joyce, of Appley Bridge, will perform in Coppelia

A WIGAN schoolgirl has pirouetted her way into a big ballet production.

Isobel Joyce from Appley Bridge was selected from more than 200 young hopefuls to appear in a production of Leo Delibes’s classic Coppelia at the Plaza Theatre in Stockport, tonight and tomorrow with the English Youth Ballet (EYB).

She will dance alongside EYB’s stunning international principal artists and gain an insight into what life is like as a professional ballet dancer.

The nine-year-old has been engaged with the EYB’s principal dancers in rehearsals at Stockport Grammar School in a 10-day intensive rehearsal process.

The rehearsals take place in three studios at the school and the dancers follow a complex timetable of practice sessions.

Isobel, who attends Elizabeth Hill School of Dance and Drama in St Helens, said: “I love dancing and have done it since I was three.

“I am really excited and have enjoyed working with professional dancers.

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

Her mum, Anita, said: “We are so proud of her and we can’t wait to see her on stage.”

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.

The curtain goes up at 7.30pm this evening and then there are two further performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm tomorrow.

For tickets call 0161 477 7779.