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The Leighton-Buzzard Observer
July 30, 2012

The dreams of two young dancers from the Leighton area have come true after they have been chosen to star in the English Youth Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty which comes to the Waterside in August.

The talented twosome, Dominic Elves, 12, from Heath and Reach and Isabella Galloway, 11, from Linslade, were selected at an audition in January from more than 200 young hopefuls. They will appear in the production for three performances from August 25-26.

The young dancers will appear alongside EYB’s international principal artists in a professional production. They will experience the life of a professional ballet dancer – working at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, Aylesbury, in a 10-day intensive rehearsal process.

Company manager, Ben Garner, said: “Working with English Youth Ballet will be one of the highlights of these talented young dancer’s careers, to date. The audiences watching EYB are in for a unique and exciting experience too. They will be seeing both top international principal artists and the best up-and-coming young talent from their region – sharing the stage.”

Dominic, a student at Floyd’s, is training at Tring Park School of Performing Arts Associates. He will be playing one of Carabosse’s Monsters in the ballet and he will also be in a boys section called Hop O My Thumb. Isabella, a pupil at Linslade School and a student at the Leanne Hughes Theatre School, will be dancing in the Charm Dance and she will also play a Kitten.

The Sleeping Beauty has been updated from the original production and is set in 1896. When Aurora pricks her finger on her 16th birthday she is cursed to die by the wicked fairy – Carabosse. The good Lilac Fairy cannot undo the curse but uses her power to change the curse to an eternal sleep. The Lilac Fairy puts Aurora and her family into a cryogenic sleep and the sleeping Aurora is taken to the Artic. 100 years later in the year 2012 a royal explorer – Prince Florimund – breaks the curse by awakening Aurora with a kiss. The whole royal family are awoken and the story culminates in the lavish wedding celebrations of Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund.

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© 2012 Johnston Publishing Ltd


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  1. They should be so proud of themselves! The English Ballet, at such a young age!

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