Talented young dancers from across South Bucks will take to the stage this weekend in a mesmerising performance of Swan Lake.

Fourteen young performers from the likes of Great Missenden, High Wycombe and Beaconsfield will grace the stage at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre tonight and tomorrow as part of the English Youth Ballet.

Eight-year-old Alex Spinks, who lives in High Wycombe and trained with Kobika Dance, is one of the talented young performers who will dance in front of hundreds of spectators in three shows.

The Beechview School pupil, who will play the roles of the Tsar’s niece and Neapolitan dancer, says she has had a passion for dancing for years.

She said: “I started dancing when I was six years old.  My favourite kind of dancing is ballet. I am excited about going on stage in Swan Lake. I’d like to be a ballerina when I am older."

The ballet will star international principal dancers Amy Drew, Adele Robbins, Monica Tapiador, Richard Read, Brenden Bratulic, Trevor Wood and Steven Wheeler. 

Amy Drew said: “It is wonderful having such talented young people all in the same place and working together.  I think that there is a unique and wonderful synergy that takes place because all the dancers learn so much from watching each other and from watching the professionals too.  Our production of Swan Lake is such a dramatic ballet and I think that the young dancers really enjoy telling the story as it is very powerful and gripping."

The fourteen young performers beat over 200 young hopefuls for the chance to perform with the EYB at auditions back in November.

Tickets range from £18.90 to £24.90, available online at www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury or by calling the box office on 0844 871 7607.