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Tutu beautiful... ballet stars wow pupils

WHEN they grow up, they want to be just like those beautiful ballerinas.

Budding young dancers Megan Owens (10) and five-year-old twins Freya and Ruby Mae Dillon gasp in delight as they look at how the Russian ballerinas execute some scenes from Swan Lake.

The little girls, who are all students in Dublin's Chester School of Dance, were only too happy to participate in a photocall promoting Swan Lake.

And Russian ballerinas Natalia Gubanova, Ksenia Burnyasheva and Daria Kapitonova showed the three little schoolgirls some of the key ballet moves from their upcoming performance.

The Moscow Ballet returns to Ireland this weekend with one of the world's favourite ballets -- Swan Lake.

Tchaikovsky's first ballet is an all- time favourite with ballet lovers, telling the story of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette.

Catch the Moscow Ballet this evening in Limerick, tomorrow at The Helix in Dublin and Sunday at the Cork Opera House.

See www.kcpconcerts.com.