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Lauren Batt’s poise and talent shined through at the English Youth Ballet auditions

Lauren Batt’s poise and talent shined through at the English Youth Ballet auditions

First published in News Knutsford Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

AN aspiring dancer from Knutsford has been plucked from a group of 200 young hopefuls to perform with the award-winning English Youth Ballet.

Lauren Batt, 14, from Astley Close, will appear in a production of Coppelia at the Plaza Theatre in Stockport from June 13-14.

The Grange School student will dance alongside EYB’s international principal artists in the three-performance stint and gain an insight into what life is like as a professional ballet dancer.

Lauren, a member of Sue Morris School of Dance, said: “I started doing ballet when I was around the age of five. I wanted to do it because I absolutely loved how graceful it was. I loved the way dancers could stand on their toes and do things that don’t seem possible – I like the prospect of that.

“It’s my first time being in English Youth Ballet and I am looking forward to the experience and learning the choreography. My nana is battling cancer at the moment and she inspires me to try my best and I am doing it for her.”

Lauren will join the cast as one of 100 young dancers selected from across the north west. She and her fellow cast members have just completed a 10-day, 60-hour, intensive rehearsal process alongside EYB’s six principal dancers at Stockport Grammar School.

Australian principal ballerina Amy Drew said: “Lauren is so lucky – I wish there had been something like EYB when I was training. I feel very privileged to be a principal with the EYB as I get to work with some of the UK’s most talented young dancers. I find them incredibly inspiring.”

English Youth Ballet is one of the UK’s largest ballet companies and previously won The Stage Award for special achievement in regional theatre.

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