Saturday 29 April 2017

Dancers take first steps to stardom

Irish National Youth Ballet Company members rehearse in Dublin yesterday
Irish National Youth Ballet Company members rehearse in Dublin yesterday

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

TWO dancers from the Irish National Youth Ballet Company (INYBC) have won places at prestigious ballet schools in the UK.

Next week, Jamie Haughton (16), from Blackrock, Dublin, and Aisling Kennedy (15), from Kildare, will be the male and female leads in the 'The Snow Queen', marking the 15th anniversary of the founding of the company.

But both are also well on their way to becoming international stars after beating hundreds of other applicants to places in two top British ballet schools.

Aisling, who has been doing ballet since she was three, begins a two-year course at the Central School of Ballet in London in September.

Describing her audition, Aisling told the Irish Independent: "I had to dance in front of six examiners. It was really competitive but I tried not to get nervous and did my best to perform on the day."

Jamie was one of only 12 students chosen to train in modern ballet at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

"I applied in November, auditioned in February and was called back in March. My dream is to become a professional ballet dancer, like Carlos Acosta of the Royal Ballet," said Jamie, who has been dancing since he was 11.

Katherine Lewis, the artistic director of the INYBC, said: "I think it's fantastic for them and very exciting. It's really a huge achievement."

The INYBC will stage 'The Show Queen', 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'South Pacific' at the O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Great Denmark St, Dublin, on April 12 and 13.

The company will be at the Pavillion theatre, Dun Laoghaire, on April 15-16. See www.inybco.com for more details.

Irish Independent

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