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Bromley ballerinas in English Youth Ballet Nutcracker production
THREE young Bromley dancers have been given the chance to make their dreams a reality by performing with the English Youth Ballet.
Tazmin Martin, Darcey Hayes and 14-year-old Eliza Shotton secured their places in the performance of the Nutcracker during auditions held in June, where they sparkled among the 250 hopefuls.
The girls began their intensive rehearsal schedule last Friday (October 25) ahead of opening night on November 8.
During the three performances which span two days at the New Wimbledon Theatre, the up-and-coming ballet dancers will perform alongside international principal artists.
The three girls, who live and train in the Bromley area, are excited to be involved with the company.
Darcey has been dancing since she was just four years old, and began to take performing seriously when she started attending Catherine Gill Ballet School in Bromley.
She is performing with the EYB for the first time.
The 13-year-old, who goes to Bullers Wood School along with Eliza, said: “It’s been really good to learn new skills like pointe work and Spanish dancing.”
Fourteen-year-old Tazmin, however, is somewhat of an EYB veteran.
In her third performance since 2008, the Newstead Wood School for Girls pupil has relished the chance to challenge herself in the latest performance.
Tazmin said: “I have a pointe part this year, which is more difficult but I’m really enjoying it.
“Rehearsals can be really tough, but it’s good fun to dance with my friends.”
Principal ballerina Julianne Rice Oxley says it is a great opportunity for everyone involved.
She said: “Working in a professional environment gives the students a unique insight into life in a ballet company.
“There is such a wonderful team spirit in the young company.
“The young dancers we are working with in Wimbedon have good technique and great energy.
“I find them incredibly inspiring.”
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