Trio selected for English Youth Ballet production

Charlotte Wraith, 15, Emily Jayne Arkle, 13, and Antonia Milligan, 11.
Charlotte Wraith, 15, Emily Jayne Arkle, 13, and Antonia Milligan, 11.
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THREE talented young dancers from south east Northumberland have been selected to take part in the English Youth Ballet’s production of Coppelia at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle.

Charlotte Wraith, 15, an Astley Community High School pupil, who trains at the Tyne Theatre Stage School, and 11-year-old Antonia Milligan, from Blyth’s Bede Academy and trains at the Lindsey-Carr Academy of Dance, both made it through a rigorous selection process.

The pair will star with fellow young dancer, Emily Jayne Arkle, 13, who goes to Morpeth’s King Edward VI High School and trains at Gladwin’s Ballet and Stage School.

Emily said: “I am having loads of fun in the rehearsals for the ballet.

“It is quite hard and my feet hurt – but it is a good opportunity.

“I am really nervous but it is going to be good.

“I hope that I do my best and impress people when I do it.”

The trio will take part in three performances of the full-scale classical ballet, along with other talented young dancers as well as professionals, who have danced with some of the most renowned companies in the world.

Company director Janet Lewis said: “North eastern children have an enthusiasm and spontaneity that we do not always find in the south of England.

“In the days when teenagers get such bad press it was a joy to see how focused they were and willing to give up their half-term holiday for the rigorous six-hour rehearsal sessions.

“I am very happy with their progress.”

The English Youth Ballet’s production of Coppelia will be at the Journal Tyne Theatre on March 11 and 12. For tickets, call the box office on 0844 493 9999.