A young Armoy ballet dancer will be following in the footsteps of some dancing greats when she takes to the stage of Belfast’s Grand Opera House to perform in the world famous ballet The Sleeping Beauty.
Nine-year-old Rebecca Wallace has been selected by audition to dance with the professional ballet company – English Youth Ballet (EYB).
Rebecca, a pupil of Etoile Ballet School, has been offered the roles of Charm Girl and Kitten in Sleeping Beauty and the opportunity to dance with the nationally acclaimed English Youth Ballet.
The talented young dancer, who is a pupil at Lislagan Primary School, will be taking to the Grand Opera House stage alongside principal dancer Amy Drew and six other international principal dancers.
Rebecca gained the place in English Youth Ballet at an audition in November attended by over 300 of Northern Ireland’s most talented young dancers.
The magical production of The Sleeping Beauty is being presented at the Grand Opera House, Belfast for three performances from 25 – 26th April.
The young cast are currently engaged with the professional dancers in rehearsals at Methodist College Belfast in a 10-day intensive rehearsal process.
Australian principal ballerina, Amy Drew, said: “The young Northern Ireland dancers we are working with have great energy and attack.
“Working in a professional environment gives the students a unique insight into life in a ballet company.
“Rebecca is so lucky – I wish there had been something like EYB in Australia 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.”
So don’t miss your chance to see The Sleeping Beauty – one of the world’s favourite classical ballets - when it comes to the Grand Opera House, Belfast on Friday 25th April at 7.30pm and Saturday 26th April at 2.30pm/7.30pm
For tickets call: 028 9024 1919 or visit: www.goh.co.uk