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By Nikki Jarvis
News Shopper
March 16, 2012

A twinkle-toed brother and sister duo are set to captivate audiences in the world’s favourite classical ballet, Swan Lake. Rachel and Alex Limb from Forest Hill are among 100 young ballet stars of the future from the South East who were chosen to perform in the unique dance event. A glittering array of seven international principal artists will lead the talented youngsters chosen by the English Youth Ballet (EYB) out of 200 hopefuls.

Since the auditions in November, the devoted dancers spent six hours a day rehearsing in half term and now dedicate their whole weekends to perfecting the steps. Their performance has finally arrived and will take place next Friday and Saturday (March 23 and 24) at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford.

Liz Limb, mum to Rachel, 15, and Alex, 10, said: “Rachel has been doing this since she was three-years-old. Alex has been dancing for a year-and-a-half since our local dance school started a boys’ ballet class. The local school performed Swan Lake – that got him hooked on it. It’s really nice to have them both in it.”

The proud mum is thrilled the siblings are working together on the show. She added: “Rachel likes having her little brother there and it’s nice for Alex because she’s older and more used to it. Alex was so excited when his number was called at the auditions. He was absolutely over the moon and so happy. It’s funny because he got cold feet and he almost didn’t go in to audition but I said to him ‘if you don’t try you’ll never know’.”

Alex has some pretty impressive dance-steps to follow as Rachel has already performed with the London Children’s Ballet and the National Youth Ballet.

A passion for ballet runs in the Limb home as their two younger sisters are also keen dancers.

Liz said: “It’s hilarious. I’ve never been had any interest in it and neither did my husband. I don’t know where it’s come from. I’m very proud of them and I can’t wait to see them perform. Rachel’s got a nice little solo too – I’m really looking forward to it.”

Working alongside experienced ballet dancers has also been incredibly useful for the budding stars. Liz, 45, added: “It’s been really good for them to see a lot of professionals and it’s especially valuable for the boys to [see] what the male professional dancers can do – they are amazing, really inspirational.”

Rachel will play the part of the Italian Princess in the popular tale, with her brother stepping into character as the Tsar Nephew.

The adapted story is set in 1895 Imperial Russia and tells of love, rivalry, greed and murder. Ben Garner, Company Manager,said: “Working with English Youth Ballet will be one of the highlights of these talented young dancer’s careers to date.”

Swan Lake will be performed this Friday at 7.30pm and on Saturday at 2.30pm and again at 7.30pm.

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