Ballet dancer

Ellesmere: The Dudleston ballet dancer is living a career dream

A YOUNG ballet dancer from Dudleston, near Ellesmere, is currently living her dream of being part of a professional Swan Lake production.

Aged just nine, Arabella Wardle has been selected to be part of English Youth Ballet’s (EYB) Swan Lake at the Stoke Regent Theater from Friday 23rd September to Saturday 24th September.

Earlier this year, she submitted a video recording of herself as part of the audition process, and later landed the role of one of the Tsar’s nieces and a Neapolitan dancer, alongside the director of EYB, Lyndsey Fraser.

Lyndsey, who will play Odile in the production, said: “I love working as a principal dancer with EYB because I can dance fantastic roles and teach and watch young dancers progress.

“I wish I had danced with EYB when I was young, the dancers learn so much about performance techniques and the art of ballet.”

Arabella goes to the Adcote School for Girls and trains at the Elegance Dance School, but now she is rehearsing at the Orme Academy, where she learns about the life of a professional dancer.

The young cast will have rehearsed for 60 hours over 10 weekend rehearsal days, and they occupy three large rehearsal spaces in the school, where they must keep tabs on the complex schedule.

There will be 80 young dancers from the region, alongside six international dancers, who will perform three of EYB’s Swan Lake.

Janet Lewis MBE, Director of EYB, said: “So far the actors have shown great enthusiasm and excitement during their rehearsals.

“The children are visibly delighted to find dance again and to participate in a ballet that they love.

EYB offers an “emotionally charged” production of Swan Lake set in 1895 Imperial Russia, which will tell the story of love, rivalry, greed and murder.

Lyndsey added, “The sets and costumes in the production are stunning and the whole experience is one the young dancers (and audiences) will never forget.”