Hawth auditions: Award-winning company needs 100 ballet dancers

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Picture by Ben Garner
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A hundred young Sussex ballet dancers are required for a professional production of Swan Lake, which is set to be performed at Crawley’s Hawth.

Spokeswoman Lorraine McGregor explained: “English Youth Ballet is auditioning for roles in a new production of Swan Lake on Monday, July 4, at The Hawth Crawley.

“At the audition 100 young male and female dancers (aged eight to 18) from across the region will be offered the chance to rehearse with, and then dance alongside, international professional principal dancers in the production for three performances, which will be presented at The Hawth from November 25-26.

“Award-winning English Youth Ballet (known as EYB) is now in its 18th successful year and is one of the largest ballet companies in the UK. EYB is a national touring ballet company with director Janet Lewis at its helm.

“Miss Lewis enjoyed an illustrious dancing career with the Royal Ballet Company and London Festival Ballet dancing alongside such greats as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. The company consists of a core team of eight international principal dancers, two artistic ballet staff, two wardrobe mistresses and four theatre technicians. The principal dancers have danced in some of the world’s greatest companies, including English National Ballet, La Scala and the Boston Ballet. EYB is highly regarded for presenting lavish, large-scale classical ballets and critics have praised the quality of the beautiful sets and costumes.

“The policy of EYB is to give professional performance experience to young dancers in beautiful venues close to where they live. The young dancers benefit from being coached and mentored by the professional dancers in an 11-day rehearsal period, which takes place out of school hours. They gain a unique insight into what it is like to be a professional dancer.

“Each audition will take the form of a regular ballet class. Dancers will find out on the day if they are successful. It is advisable to register for the audition in advance but it is possible to register on the day (please arrive 30 minutes early to register). The audition fee is £15 and all dancers participate in a full ballet class. Parents are invited to watch the audition.”

To register, contact Miss Lewis on 01689 856747 or misslewis@englishyouthballet.co.uk.

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