Thornbury dancer takes to stage with English Youth Ballet

August 30 2021
Thornbury dancer takes to stage with English Youth Ballet

A YOUNG dancer from Thornbury is preparing to take to the stage to perform in one of the world's best-loved ballets – after waiting more than a year.

Sofiya Perrigo was selected to be part of the cast of English Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker in a virtual audition back in July last year.

The performances had to be cancelled due to the pandemic but have now been rescheduled and the 65 young dancers will finally have the chance to perform alongside international professional dancers in three shows at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on September 3 and 4, having rehearsed for 60 hours over 10 days of weekend rehearsals.

Sofiya, a 12-year-old Castle School pupil, is training at Bristol Russian Dance School and on Elmhurst Ballet School's extended young dancer programme.

She will perform the roles of a teenage girl and a Spanish dancer in the ballet, with its famous Tchaikovsky music.

Sofiya (pictured above, right) said: "I started ballet and tap when I was three years old and I preferred tap at first, because of the noise the shoes made.

"I now just concentrate on ballet and I dance with Bristol Russian Ballet School. 

"I love the exhilaration of performing on stage best but I also enjoy challenging myself to be better and stronger in every class I do." 

"I really look forward to each EYB rehearsal because I’m learning a lot about performing and I get to dance for quite a few hours, and I love dancing for as many hours as possible. I’ve also met some lovely new friends. I’m really excited to be dancing in a big theatre." 

EYB director Janet Lewis said: "The children are obviously so pleased to be back dancing again and taking part in a ballet that they love. 

"Since the past year of lockdowns with the many restrictions, they are displaying a sense of freedom that is boosting their self-confidence and well-being.

"The cast are working hard not only on their ballet technique but on their performance quality that expresses the part they are dancing."

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