Ballet girls dance their way to stage success

Young dancers from Halifax
Young dancers from Halifax
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Six talented young dancers from Calderdale will take their moment in the spotlight when they perform with a prestigious ballet company.

Lucy Dewhirst, 10, Lauren Firth, 8, Bethany Firth, 11, Erin Keeling, 14, Megan Moon, 15, and Georgia Rothery, 18, have earned places in the English Youth Ballet’s production of Giselle.

Young dancers from Brighouse

Young dancers from Brighouse

The girls will join the production for its run at St George’s Hall, Bradford, from June 5 to 6.

Lucy attends the Abinitio School of Dance, Brighouse, Lauren and Bethany attend the P M Gibson School of Theatre Dance, Erin and Megan attend Whiteleys Academy of Performing Arts, Halifax, and Georgia Rothery attends The Emma Coombs Dance Academy, Heckmondwike.

Nearly 200 young hopefuls turned out to audition and director and founder of English Youth Ballet (EYB), Janet Lewis MBE, was on the lookout for the hottest young dance talent to join her award-winning company for the production. Miss Lewis said: “EYB is all about providing extra performance experience to young dancers. We saw a very pleasing standard at the audition and it was lovely to see lots of enthusiasm.”

EYB has helped many of the UK’s top talent springboard their careers into some of the world’s greatest ballet companies – including the Royal Ballet Company and English National Ballet.