Young Chiswick Ballet Dancer Heads For Stardom

Sophie West will appear in The Nutcracker in Wimbledon


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Chiswick ballet dancer Sophie West (13) is set for stardom after being selected to appear in a production of The Nutcracker with English Youth Ballet.

Sophie, who will dance the role as a Sugar Plum Fairy Attendant, was selected at an audition last June from over 250 young hopefuls.

The ballet will be performed at the New Wimbledon Theatre for three performances from 8-9 November.

Sophie attends Arts Education School and trains at The Dance School.

All the young dancers in the cast will dance alongside EYB’s international principal artists in a production giving them the opportunity to see what life is like as a professional ballet dancer.   The company is one of the largest in the UK and is made up of 7 professional principals and over 100 local dancers (aged 8–18) from the local area

Currently the young cast are working with the EYB’s principal dancers at Rutlish School, Wimbledon, in a 10-day intensive rehearsal process.  British principal ballerina, Julianne Rice Oxley speaks very highly of the standard of the young dancers: “The young dancers we are working with in Wimbedon have good technique and great energy.  Working in a professional environment gives the students a unique insight into life in a ballet company.  

"Sophie is so lucky – I wish there had been something like EYB when I was training!  I love my job!  I ­feel very privileged to be a principal with EYB as I get to work with some of the UK’s most talented young dancers.  I find them incredibly inspiring!”

EYB Principal Dancers for the performance will be Julianne Rice and Oli Speers Oxley. 

For tickets call: 0844 871 7646 or visit:

October 25, 2013

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