Joanna Scholes, aged 15, and Grace Arkell, aged 12, were picked from an audition of over 300 hopefuls to dance in the professional ballet company’s new adaptation at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from September 21-22.
Grace, a student at Spotlight Stage School and CTC Kingshurst Academy, will be a dancer while Joanna, who goes to Langley School, takes the role of a Maryinsky soloist.
“I started dancing when I was two-years-old,” said Joanna, who is training both at Siobhan Collins-McCarthy Dance Academy and CGL Arts.
“I had seen my sister doing it and I really wanted to have a go. The most exciting thing about being in EYB will be the actual shows because I love performing. When I am older I would like to go into some form of musical theatre and be performing.”
The pair join a hundred other talented young dancers to form the ‘corps-de-ballet’ alongside principal soloists Julianne Rice (the White Swan) and Oli Speers Oxley (Prince Sergei).
Company manager Ben Garner said: “Working with English Youth Ballet will be one of the highlights of these talented young dancer’s careers to date.”
English Youth Ballet’s adapted Swan Lake, set in 1895 Imperial Russia, tells of love, rivalry, greed and murder.
In the Maryinsky Theatre, its ballet dancers are preparing for a production of Swan Lake in the sumptuous Royal Palace. Beautiful yet vulnerable White Swan Odette finds herself competing for the affections of Prince Sergei with the seductive evil Black Swan Odile, whose father, the tyrannical Baron Von Rothbart, will do anything to secure royal patronage.
For tickets, call 01902 42 92 12 or visit: www.grandtheatre.info.