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Branston youngster all set to head on stage

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A BURTON youngster is celebrating her 'dream coming true' after landing a staring role in a stage show.

Holly Brown beat off competition from 250 other youngsters to win the role in Sleeping Beauty at the Grand Theatre, in Wolverhampton, next month.

The 11-year-old, from Branston, was selected following a tough audition process earlier this year and the up-and-coming ballet dancer is now in training for her debut.

A spokesman for the English Youth Ballet (EYB), who organised the auditions, told the Mail: "All the young dancers in the cast will dance alongside EYB's stunning international principal artists in a professional production.

"They will gain an insight into what life is like as a professional ballet dancer.

"The young cast are currently engaged with the EYB's principal dancers in rehearsals at Coppice Performing Arts School in a 10-day intensive rehearsal process.

"EYB is a professional ballet company and each rehearsal day commences with the company being split into three groups for company ballet class warm ups.

"The rehearsal day continues with a complex timetable of different rehearsals running simultaneously in three studios at the school. The ballet is gradually pieced together like a complex jigsaw.

"At the end of each rehearsal day, the whole company always gathers together in the main studio to show what has been learned that day.

"The selected dancers are some of the most exciting young talent in the area and they are being inspired and mentored by the principal dancers.

"It will be an experience they will never forget and they are preparing to thrill the dance audiences."

Australian principal ballerina Amy Drew said: "The young dancers we are working with are doing so well.

"Working in a professional environment gives the students a unique insight into life in a ballet company.

"Holly is so lucky – I wish there had been something like EYB when I was training.

"I feel very privileged to be a principal with the EYB as I get to work with some of the UK's most talented young dancers. I find them incredibly inspiring."

She attends the Stephanie Parrott School of Dance and Rykneld Primary School.

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