Uckfield dancers’ dreams have come true

Two young up-and-coming ballet dancers from Uckfield have been chosen to take part in a performance of Coppelia at the Hawth Heature, Crawley together with the English Youth Ballet (EYB) this month.

Amelia Cook-Fuller (nine) and Alexandra White (13) were selected at an audition in June this year from more than 200 young hopefuls. They will appear in a comical adaptation of Coppélia at the Hawth Theatre for three performances from October 24-25.

All young dancers in the cast will dance alongside EYB’s stunning international principal artists in a professional production where they will gain an insight into what life is like as a professional ballet dancer.

The young cast are currently engaged with principal dancers in rehearsals at Reigate 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 and the ballet is gradually pieced together like a complex jigsaw. At the end of each rehearsal day the company always gathers in the main studio to show what has been learnt. Selected dancers are some of the most exciting young talent in the area and 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 in Bromley.

Australian principal ballerina, Amy Drew said: “Rehearsals with the young dancers are going so well. Working in a professional environment gives them a unique insight into life in a ballet company.

They are 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!”