Talented Lowestoft ballet dancers strut their stuff on stage

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 July 2016

The dancers in rehearsals for the upcoming production.

The dancers in rehearsals for the upcoming production.


Four talented young dancers from Lowestoft were given the chance to showcase their skills in a professional ballet production.

Bethany Freeman, 17, Charlie Wilson, 13, Olivia Cheung, 12, and Freya Brown, 10, recently performed in the English Youth Ballet’s version of The Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal in Norwich.

Bethany and Freya are pupils at the Louise Elizabeth School of Dancing, while Olivia trains at Elizabeth Lee – The Dance Studio and Charlie at DPA Academy of Dance & Performing Arts.

They were all picked following an audition process at Sprowston High School and joined 100 other young people for the performances on June 24 and 25.

Rehearsals for the ballet took place at the high school under ballet mistress Julianne Rice-Oxley, with the youngsters given just 10 days to perfect their skills ready for the ensemble show.

Charlie Wilson, from Carlton Colville, goes to Pakefield High School and started dancing he was eight-years-old.

“I am looking to get a lot more experience in ballet with English Youth Ballet and I am excited about performing in front of a big crowd,” he said beforehand.

“When I am older I would like to perform on the West End stage. “Maybe when that is all over I would like to be a dance teacher.”

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

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