A TEENAGE dancer is preparing to take to the stage after being selected to perform with a professional ballet company.
Molly Eatough, of Uttoxeter Road, Abbots Bromley, has seen her dream come true after being chosen to dance in Coppelia by the English Youth Ballet (EYB).
As one of the region’s top young dancers, the 14-year-old was selected after an audition in June from more than 200 hopefuls and will appear at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre for three performances on November 9 and 10.
Molly, who is a pupil at Thomas Alleyne’s High School and attends the Stephanie Parrott School of Dance, in Burton, will appear among a cast of young dancers alongside the EYB’s international principal artists in a professional production.
She will experience the life of a professional ballet dancer by working at the Greenbank High School in a 10 day intensive rehearsal process.
In Coppelia, Molly is playing the role of one of Swanhilda’s friends.
She said: “I started dancing when I was two. I am looking forward to my part in the ballet as it will be very challenging. I will be dancing as one of Coppelia’s friends.
“It’s quite a big part in the ballet. When I am older I would like to be an all-round dancer. I study street, modern and contemporary dancing as well as ballet.
“I just want to perform wherever I can.”
During the intensive rehearsals she will be coached and mentored by EYB’s international principal artists Australians Amy Drew and Brenden Bratulic who will play the leading roles in the ballet.
Ms Drew will play the leading role of Swanhilda and Mr Bratulic will play the leading role of Franz.
Company manager Ben Garner said: “Working with English Youth Ballet will most probably be the highlight of these talented young dancer’s careers, to date.
“The audiences watching EYB are in for a unique and exciting experience too. They will be seeing both top international principal artists and the best up-and-coming young talent sharing the stage.”