Young dancer joins Swan Lake ballet

Phoebe Willetts
Phoebe Willetts

The dreams of a young up-and-coming ballet star from Daventry have come true.

Phoebe Willetts, aged 10, was selected at an audition in May from more than 250 young hopefuls.

She will appear in an electrifying adaptation of Swan Lake at the New Theatre in Oxford, for three performances on September 20 and 21 with English Youth Ballet (EYB).

Phoebe’s mother, Vicki Ford, said: “Phoebe goes to the Love Ballet school in Southam where we found out about the auditions. We went along and they picked her. I’m really excited for her. It’s a great experience working with professionals and getting to dance on a stage in Oxford and she’s really enjoying it.”

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 working with the EYB’s principal dancers at The Oxford Academy in a 10 day intensive rehearsal process.

Each rehearsal day commences with company being split into three groups for company ballet class warm ups.

The day continues with different rehearsals running simultaneously in three studios. Over time the whole ballet is gradually pieced together like a jigsaw.

British principal ballerina, Julianne Rice Oxley, said: “There is such a wonderful team spirit in the young company. The young dancers we are working with in Oxford have great energy and attack.

“Phoebe is so lucky – I wish there had been something like EYB when I was training.”