THE dreams of young dancers from across the News Shopper patch have come true with a performance alongside the English Youth Ballet (EYB).

The nine fledglings, from Bromley, Bexley, Lewisham and Dartford, were selected from 200 hopefuls at an audition in February.

They will appear in an adaptation of Swan Lake at the Canterbury Marlowe Theatre on Friday (August 23) and Saturday (August 24).

British principal ballerina Julianne Rice Oxley said: "The young dancers we are working with in Canterbury 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 EYB as I get to work with some of the UK’s most talented young dancers. I find them incredibly inspiring."