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Northumberland Gazette
March 16, 2011



A TALENTED schoolboy has danced his way to a part in a well-known show with an award-winning ballet company. Andrew Davison, of Swinhoe, near Seahouses, will perform in Coppelia later this month at the Journal Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, with the renowned English Youth Ballet (EYB).


EYB is one of the UK’s largest ballet companies and brings together the finest professional principal dancers from London and around the world and ballet students selected for their talent and potential.

And 13-year-old Andrew was specially chosen to dance with the company after impressing at a major audition.

The youngster, who is a student at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School, said: “I am really excited about it. I am pleased that I got through (the auditions). I am honoured to dance with professionals that dance world-wide. It is really exciting.”

Coppelia follows the escapades of the dreamy Franz and how he comically falls in love with a beautiful, life-like doll and Andrew is set to perform in two dances in the show, including the Czardas Dance.

Rehearsals are going well. It has been fun,” he said. “It is a change to what I am used to. It has been quite a challenge and it has taken it up to the next step.”

The teenager is a member of the Alnwick Academy of Dance and has been dancing for two years.

Andrew, who also enjoys modern and break-dancing, was encouraged to take up the art while he was a pupil at Seahouses Middle School. He said: “When I was in middle school, I did a pantomime and I danced in that. I hadn’t thought about dancing before that but someone saw it and said that I should try dancing. I went to the dance school and tried everything.”

With Andrew taking up ballet, he admits comparisons are often made between him and character Billy Elliot. “I get it like mad,” he said. “But it doesn’t bother me.”

He added: “When I first started, I did get a little bit of stick but people accept what I enjoy doing.”

But it has all been worth it for Andrew, who is now looking forward to his time on stage with the EYB, which he has described as the ‘highlight’ of his two years in dance.

Andrew, who also thanked Seahouses Middle School and the Duchess’s Community High School for their support, added: “The performances are definitely going to be good. Everyone will really enjoy the performances and it is going to be very professional and large-scale.”

The show takes place tomorrow at 7.30pm and Saturday, March 12, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.


2011Johnston Publishing Ltd. 

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