Young dancers from Buckinghamshire have been selected to perform Swan Lake alongside international talent.  

The English Youth Ballet has chosen three ballerinas from Bucks to perform the classic tale set in 1895 Imperial Russia. 

Lucy Adnett, 9, and Amelia Daniels, 9, both from Beaconsfield, and Daisy Foster, 11, from High Wycombe, are currently experiencing the life of a professional dancer in rehearsals for the show.

EYB’s director Janet Lewis MBE said: “The cast are working hard not only on their ballet technique but on their performance quality that expresses the part they are dancing.

"The incentive is to be back performing again in the theatre.”

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After auditioning with almost 200 dancers, they are now rehearsing for 60 hours over 10 days during weekends alongside the cast, including professional principal dancers Lyndsey Fraser and Joshua Webb and 99 other young dancers. 

Holtspur School pupil Lucy and Butlers Court School pupil Amelia both go to Pat Steel School of Dance. Great Kingshill Combined School pupil Daisy dances with Fraser Morgan School of Dance.

The EYB principal Lyndsey, who stars as Odile, danced with the Vienna Festival Ballet before joining the EYB. 

She said: "I wish I had danced with EYB when I was young.  The dancers learn so much about performance skills and the artistry of ballet. 

"I love working as a principal dancer with EYB because I get to dance fantastic roles and teach and watch the young dancers progress. 

"The sets and costumes in the production are superb and the whole experience is one the young dancers (and the audiences) will never forget!”

Swan Lake will be on at the New Theatre Oxford on Friday June 16 and Saturday June 17.