Solihull dancers step up for Giselle roles - The Solihull Observer

Solihull dancers step up for Giselle roles

Solihull Editorial 5th Jul, 2024   0

A PAIR of talented Solihull dancers are set to take centre stage with a nationally acclaimed professional ballet company.

Sophie Dunn and Millie Kerrighan, who attend Solihull School of Dance, have been in rehearsals for Giselle with the English Youth Ballet (EYB).

The teenagers will take to the stage at Nottingham Theatre Royal later this month alongside EYB principal dancers Olivia Richards and Joshua Webb and six international dancers.

The 13-year-olds gained a place in the EYB following an audition at the Royal Concert Hall where they took part in a ballet class onstage with 180 hopefuls and parents watching in the auditorium.

The pair are two of 95 young dancers chosen to take part in the production and will have rehearsed for 60 hours over 10 days when they take to the stage.

At rehearsals, the dancers experience the working life of a professional dancer with three company classes for the warm-up, followed by rehearsals for various roles throughout the day and ending with the whole company coming together to put together and show everything they have learnt that day.

However, the duo are well prepared for the rigorous rehearsal process and performance schedule as they have both worked with EYB previously.

Millie said: “I am so grateful to have been given a party with EYB twice now.

“The staff and professional dancers are all so nice and caring and I love how everyone is so supportive.

“The productions are always so impressive and I feel truly honoured to be a part of them.

“It’s an amazing experience that I will cherish forever.”

Sophie said: “This will be my second time working with EYB and I am really honoured.

“I have been dancing since I was little and I am so grateful to be given so many amazing opportunities.”


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