A Northampton mum says she is ‘thrilled’ her ballet dancing son and daughter have beaten hundreds of hopefuls for a place in a national production of Swan Lake.
More than 200 young dancers attended a huge English Youth Ballet (EYB) audition at the Waterside Theatre, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in November last year, for a place in its latest production.
And Duston brother and sister, Jade and Corey Payne, who are 16 and 10 respectively, were among the successful candidates to land a part.
The talented siblings have been dancing since the age of two and have already begun intensive rehearsals for the Tchaikovsky ballet, which is due to open at the Waterside Theatre for three performances between Friday, April 24 and the following day.
Mum Judith said that despite now having to drive her son and daughter to the Aylesbury rehearsals each night, she was very proud of their achievements.
“I was shocked, surprised and pleased when I found out they had got the part,” she said.
“I’m not sure where they get it from, I never danced, but I suppose my husband has gymnasts in his family and Corey’s nieces and nephews are both dancers.”
The EYB helps launch the careers of young ballet dancers into some of the world’s greatest companies, including the Royal Ballet Company and English National Ballet.
Jade, who is currently studying for her GCSEs at Northampton School for Girls and attends the Mayhew School of Dance in Blisworth, was understandably thrilled.
She said; “I was so happy because the audition was quite busy, there was a lot of people there.”
Jade, who is set to play one of the swans in the performance, says rehearsals have been hectic, but she is glad to have younger brother Corey, who goes to Upton Meadows Primary School and is set to play the part of tsar’s nephew and a Neapolitan dancer, with her.
“It’s nice to have someone to talk to, even though I have made a lot of new friends,” she said.
Jade hopes to be a ballet dancer when she grows up, but she is keeping her options open as to where.
“I would say I really don’t mind,” she said. “As long as I can perform and do what I love doing, I’ll be happy.”