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International Principal Artists and Stars of the Future

Award-winning English Youth Ballet (EYB) is returning in style to the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent.  The exciting company is presenting 3 performances of their acclaimed ballet – Sleeping Beauty.  The lavish production will star 6 international principal dancers and showcase the talents of 100 young dancers from the local area.

English Youth Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty production is sumptuous, promising tradition alongside innovation. The ballet’s essence is good gloriously triumphant over evil. Act 1 at Aurora’s Christening, the relatives present gifts to the baby, but it is interrupted by wicked Aunt Carabosse who places a curse upon Aurora. To reverse the curse the good Aunt Lilac places Aurora, her family and Guests in the Palace Gardens in a cryogenic frozen state to sleep for one hundred years.

The Cryonite Fairies protect her until she is awakened by her Prince. Upon his kiss, the curse is lifted and Carabosse is defeated. 

The cast of young dancers were selected in a big audition on stage at the Regent Theatre on 10 January.  Nearly 150 young dancers who live around the Staffordshire area attended the audition.  They all took part in a full ballet class on the stage. The successful auditionees found out they had been selected on the day of the audition.

The young cast will be rehearsing for 60 hours over 10 days of rehearsals at weekends.  The rehearsals take place at a local high school.  At rehearsals, the dancers experience the working life of a professional dancer.  EYB take over 3 large rehearsal spaces in the school that are used simultaneously.  Rehearsals always start with 3 company classes for the dancers to warm-up.  The dancers need to keep an eye on the complex rehearsal timetable throughout the day.

EYB Director – Janet Lewis OBE received her honour for services to dance and young people in the King’s first birthday honours list.  She said “English Youth Ballet’s aim is to provide performance experience to aspiring young dancers in beautiful venues close to where they live. The young dancers get to experience what life is like in a professional ballet company. They learn about developing their artistic and performance skills as well as improving their technique. I am always amazed at how quickly the young dancers progress and how positive they are when presented with new challenges.”

EYB previously won The Stage Award for special achievement in regional theatre. The opportunity to watch EYB is a unique experience.  Sell-out audiences are treated to beautiful international principal artists sharing the stage with the top up-and-coming young talent from the local area.  EYB’s large cast ensures the ballet is performed with the scale and grandeur which was originally intended.  EYB principal dancers are of the highest calibre and have joined EYB from companies such as English National Ballet, Northern Ballet and K-Ballet.  The young dancers are some of the top talents from the local area.  There are now ex-EYB young performers in some of the world’s best companies – including the Royal Ballet.

Tickets for the show can be purchased online at www.atgtickets.com/stoke

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