Dancers on the big stage

Dancer's from Karen McKenzie School of Dance are performing with the English Youth Ballet.

Dancer's from Karen McKenzie School of Dance are performing with the English Youth Ballet.

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TALENTED young dancers are set to trip the light fantastic after making all the right moves for a major ballet company.

Five girls from the Karen McKenzie School of Dance will take part in the English Youth Ballet’s production of the dance classic, Coppelia, which is being staged at the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, on March 11 and 12.

Dance school leader Karen Whitfield said she is “thrilled” after her students made it through tough auditions to land places with the professional production.

She said: “This is a great coup for both the dancers and the Karen McKenzie School of Dance.

“Our girls were up against some very good competition at the auditions, which were very strict, so I was delighted when five of our girls were chosen to star in a production by one of the most famous ballet companies around.

“What made it more amazing is that none of our girls had ever been involved in an audition in their lives – never mind one with such a prestigious ballet company.”

Washington teens Francesca White, 17, and Jasmine Wales, 13, a pupil at the town’s Biddick Comprehensive School, will join Hebburn girls Ami Middleton, 12, Nicole Atkinson, 13, and Alice Bell, 13.

Coppelia is a classic romantic ballet story, in which love conquers all.

Mrs Whitfield added: “The audition saw young dancers from all over the region, plus parts of Cumbria, competing for places.

“I was naturally delighted when five of our dancers made it through.

“All their families are thrilled that their children are to star with the English Youth Ballet and have already booked their tickets.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed that our girls are given good parts in the production.”

Hundreds of young boys and girls have trained with the Karen McKenzie School of Dance, since it was launched by 31-year-old Mrs Whitfield 11 years ago.

Contact Karen Whitfield for more details on 0793 245 6646.