Young ballet dancers are living their dream

Aimee Chapman, aged 12, and Leah Kennedy, aged eight PNL-150709-131157001
Aimee Chapman, aged 12, and Leah Kennedy, aged eight PNL-150709-131157001
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Two talented young dancers will be taking to the stage in a professional production of the ballet, Sleeping Beauty.

Aimee Chapman, aged 12, from Hemel, and eight-year-old Leah Kennedy, from Boxmoor, are among 100 young dancers from Herts and Bucks taking part in the English Youth Ballet (EYB) production.

The show, starring international principal dancers, will be at the Gordon Craig Theatre, in Stevenage, from October 15 to 17. Local youngsters will perform all the soloist and corps de ballet roles.

Aimee, who dances the part of a Guest, attends The Cavendish School in Hemel and Leah, who performs the role of a Songbird, is a pupil at Boxmoor Primary School.

Both girls attend the Jayne Marie Dancing School.

Rehearsals are taking place at the Nobel School, in Stevenage, and the youngsters are being coached by EYB principal dancer Amy Drew, who will be dancing the leading role of Aurora in the production.

She said: “The young dancers are treated like professional dancers during rehearsals. We work them hard but the results are fantastic.

“They learn what the life of a professional dancer is like. They are living their dream and they just love it.”

For tickets, call 01438 363200 or visit www.gordon-craig.co.uk