Young dancers on stage

Lewis Chirimuta and Emily Robson who have secured places on a performance of Giselle with the English Youth Ballet
Lewis Chirimuta and Emily Robson who have secured places on a performance of Giselle with the English Youth Ballet

Two Northumberland school pupils are living the dream after beating hundreds of other dancers to secure a place in a professional production of Giselle with the English Youth Ballet.

Lewis Chirimuta, eight, from North Seaton, and Emily Robson, 14, from Seaton Delaval, will be performing alongside international principal dancers Adele Robbins, Amy Drew, Monica Tapiador, Oliver Speers, Richard Read, Brenden Bratulic and Trevor Wood, when Giselle is performed at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in September,

English Youth Ballet held auditions in April and nearly 250 young hopeful dancers turned up.

Rehearsals for the ballet are currently taking place at Emmanuel School, West Bridgford.

Dancer Amy Drew, who she previously danced with the Tasmanian Classical Ballet and National Ballet of Ireland, helps to coach the youngsters.

She said: “The young dancers are treated like professional dancers during rehearsals – we work them hard, but the results are fantastic. They learn what the life of a professional dancer is like. They are living their dream and they just love it.”

Giselle will take place on September 9 and 10.