A young ballerina will appear in an adaptation of a classic production with the English Youth Ballet (EYB).

Mia Carruthers, 16, of Ealing , was selected at an audition from more than 200 hopefuls and will be part of a haunting interpretation of the love story, Giselle.

There will be three performances from August 15-16 at the Bromley Churchill Theatre.

Mia will be dancing the role of a ‘Wili Spirit’ in Act II of the ballet, alongside EYB’s principal artists.

All the members of the youthful cast will gain an insight into what life is like as a professional ballet dancer.

Mia, who is a sixth form student at Twyford Church of England School, Acton, said she has been dancing ever since she could walk, is extremely interested in child development and would love to combine this with her passion for dance in the future.

The 16-year-old, who is studying A Level dance, said: “It’s really interesting to play such a dark character.

“It differs a lot from other roles I’ve played, such as Peter in Peter pan. I’ve had to work on channelling all my negative emotions into this ghostly character using experiences of betrayal and mistrust to improve my performance.

“My life without dance would be like being a fish out of water. As cliché as it sounds I live, speak and breathe dance and EYB gives me the chance to work and learn from a fantastic professional cast.”

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British principal ballerina, Julianne Rice Oxley, said: “The young dancers we are working with in Bromley are doing so well.

“Mia is so lucky. I wish there had been something like EYB when I was training.

“I feel privileged to be a principal with the EYB as I get to work with some of the UK’s most talented young dancers.”

Julianne Rice-Oxley, dancing the title role in the English Youth Ballet production of Giselle. Photo by Peter Mares.
 

Performances are at 7.30pm on August 15 and 2.30pm and 7.30pm on August 16.

For tickets call 0844 871 7620.