Ballet dancer

Ballet dancer Tring will take part in a national tour with a dance company

Jessica De Souza Lewis, a final year dance student from Tring, Hertfordshire, will perform with Ballet Central on their tour this spring.

The dance company will be in Newbury at the Corn Exchange as part of the Spring Festival on May 19.

It will be the first of 11 venues on the tour across England, with shows in Birmingham, Guildford, Cambridge and London.

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The tour will end on July 14 at the Britten Theatre.

Jessica, who went to Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Young Dancers Academy, is in her final year of a three-year BA (Hons) Professional Dance & Performance at Central School of Ballet in London.

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She said: “When I graduate in July I would like to join a classical ballet company, working on classics and more modern dance works. I would like to have more opportunities to tour and work as a team, learning from the dancers around me and from other choreographers and teachers.

The dancer added, “I want to continue to grow as a dancer and an artist, and as a person.”

Kate Coyne, Artistic Director of Central, said, “Joining Ballet Central and the experience of performing on tour sets our dancers apart and supports their future employability in the dance industry. “

She continued, “Performance is the ultimate goal for professional dance students, so the chance to bring all of their training to its peak in front of a live audience fulfills ambitions and stimulates new learning. Audiences enjoy seeing new talent and dynamic choreography in theaters across England.