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Young dancers showcase talent
Created last year as the student company for Birmingham's Elmhurst Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet Company comprises the senior pupils and aims to act as a bridge between education and professional life.
This evening performance, which is premiered at Elmhurst before moving on to the Lilian Baylis Studio at London's Sadler's Wells is a showcase of what the young dancers are capable of. It's a mixed programme of contemporary and classical dance, with moments for solos, duets, trios and ensemble – all showing the versatility of the youngsters.
There's a comedy in the shape of Frederick Ashton's Tweedledum and Tweedledee, classical ballet in the form of the Pas de Trois from Swan Lake and Bluebird Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty, light-hearted charm in the shape of David Bintley's Take Five and dramatic in an excerpt from Ninette de Valois' Checkmate.
The company are pushed to the limits with MultiVox choreographed by Catarina Carvalho for Studio Wayne McGregor and the stunning L'Heure Sans Regret by Sandra Blommaert. And the entire company is showcased in Jenny MacNamara's Swing Mob.
Alongside such prestigious choreographers, Elmhurst student Jakob Myers has also created a piece for the full company You Never Know. Set to music by M-Beat, it's an ambitious piece of choreography for the youngster which reveals a readiness to experiment and push the dancers.
All the company are highly impressive performers, taking on roles which could challenge much more experienced dancers and achieving them with expertise and confidence. Based on this performance, they can expect to have very bright careers before them.