Pupils’ English Youth honour

Wigan ballet dancers (l-r) Lizzy Magleave, Sarah Ashurst, Victoria Ashton, Jessica Gibson, Tamia Turner
Wigan ballet dancers (l-r) Lizzy Magleave, Sarah Ashurst, Victoria Ashton, Jessica Gibson, Tamia Turner

SIX young Wigan ballerinas have been chosen to dance alongside established stars in a spectacular English Youth Ballet adaptation of Swan Lake.

Twelve-year-old Victoria Ashton is set to play a swan in a trio of shows at the Charter Theatre in Preston on April 5 and 6.

Fellow Standish High School and Christine Raynor dance academy pupils Sarah Ashurst, 12, Jessica Gibson, 11, and Lizzy Magleave, 14, are also set to take to the stage.

Lizzy is also set to play a swan, Sarah a lady in waiting and Hungarian dancer and Jessica a little mariinsky dancer.

Ten-year-old Tamia Turner, of Shevington, has also been chosen.

The St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School pupil – also a Christine Raynor dance academy pupil – is set to play the Tsar’s courtier.

St Peter’s High School pupil Amy Deakin, 13, of Billinge, has been picked to play a little mariinsky dancer.

All of the girls are currently being put through their paces in intensive rehearsals at Walton-le-Dale Arts College.

Principal ballerina, Julianne Rice Oxley, said: “The young dancers we are working with in Preston have great energy and attack.

“Working in a professional environment gives the students a unique insight into life in a ballet company.

“They are so lucky – I wish there had been something like EYB when I was training!

“I feel very privileged to be a principal with the English Youth Ballet as I get to work with some of the UK’s most talented young dancers. I find them incredibly inspiring!”

The English Youth Ballet prides itself on blending the talents of eight top principal dancers with the most talented young ballerinas in the country.

But Swan Lake is regarded as technically and dramatically the most challenging of all the classic ballets.

Performed to Tchaikovsky’s soaring musical score, the choreography – created by English Youth Ballet director Janet Lewis – is largely faithful to the well-loved original.

To book tickets, call 0844 344 7714.