Swan Lake performed by the English Youth Ballet was a life-enhancing experience for the dancers and for the parents, teachers and general public who very nearly filled the New Theatre for three performances 21st and 22nd September.   Directed by Janet Lewis MBE and  reinforced by six professional dancers who were also coaches,  more than a hundred children  aged  between eight and eighteen displayed poise, confidence and impressive discipline.    The boys had crisp rhythm and showmanship . The girls held their heads high while displaying skilled technique.

There was plenty of the original choreography cleverly adapted to the large cast and youth.  The story became a story within a story introducing extra humour, dramatic rivalry and violent tragedy.

Many children auditon for these  productions.  Only a very few scholarships are offered and the cost  to parents for a child  to participate is nearly £500.  In an ideal world more children could have such an opportunity. I am sure that those who did take part will have  blossomed.

From the programme I was not able to learn the name of the orchestra, the conductor or other details of the recording used for the music.

Karen Sellick

29th September 2013