Meet the dancers performing in Ugly Duckling this spring.
Click on a dancer's name to see their biography.
South West London
Central School of Ballet
Vienna Festival Ballet - Swanhilda (Coppelia), Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker)and Cygnets (Swan Lake).
Working with Christopher Bruce CBE in Ballet Central. When the lights came up on my first performance as a professional dancer.
Alice in Alice in Wonderland.
The Secret Scripture, a novel by Sebastian Barry.
Christopher Bruce's movement and Philip Feeney's music.
A lie in with my cat, followed by a big cup of coffee and a chat with my Mum (or my cat).
Probably my iPod
The Shambles in York
Either graduating from school and realising that I could now dance as a profession, or when I was given my cat for my birthday!!
Swan Queen / Mother
Royal Ballet - Willies in Giselle, Angels in The Nutcracker, Nymphs in Sleeping Beauty. Estonian National Ballet - Mirlitons and Snowflakes in The Nutcracker, Five girls in Who Cares, Courtesan in Manon, Swans and waltz in Swan Lake.
Dancing on tour in Spain with the Royal Ballet in Swan Lake as a student. Dancing Sugar Plum Fairy at a gala in Dubai.
I really enjoyed performing on stage when I was younger.
Manon in Manon
Having a little lie in and then going shopping.
Getting my first job.
Duckling, Frog and Winter
Conservatoire de Paris
I've performed The Nutcracker with Scottish Ballet. I danced a child, a soldier and the Chinese dance.
Performing Paul Taylor's Esplanade and performing the Balcony pas de deux of Romeo & Juliet.
Meeting and speaking to some professional dancers when I was fourteen.
Again, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, because it is all about passion.
Le Rouge et le Noir, a novel by Stendhal.
A perfect Sunday morning begins at 11am. I don't care what happens next.
A GPS - so someone could get me off the island quickly!
My bedroom on Harrogate Road.
Singing God Save the Queen and Les Marseillaise on the ground of the Le Stade de Florence for the Six Nations Tournament in 2002.
Duckling, Cat, Winter
I started at Harlow Ballet when I was seven. I completed the Royal Ballet Associate Program. Then, I furthered my training at Central School of Ballet.
This is my first job. However, I did have the opportunity to tour with Ballet Central around the UK.
Working with Sharon Watson and Matthew Hart for the Ballet Central tour. Also, the first time I went on stage.
I realised the wanted to be a dancer after doing my first performance as I loved it so much.
Juliet in Romeo & Juliet because it is such a passionate ballet.
Jack and the Beanstalk, as I loved the story when I was younger.
Marianela Nunez and every little girl's hero, Darcey Bussell.
Having a lie in, waking up to catch up on some TV and then going shopping.
My phone so I could still call my family and listen to music.
Whitby as I really enjoyed my time there when I went with my family and Leeds.
Moving to London and getting my first flat.
Duckling and Cat
Born in Toronto, Canada. Raised in London, UK.
The discipline of it combined with the freedom to be expressive.
Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, for the depth of character and Prokofiev's score or Manon in Manon, for the score and the dramatic range.
The Scarlet Letter, a novel by Hawthorne.
Balanchine and John Cranko. Vivianna Durante and Sofiane Sylve.
Watching TV in bed with my partner and a big cup of milky coffee.
Satellite phone and my straighteners!
Becomming an Aunty!
Fox, Frog and Winter
Royal Ballet School (2002 – 2009)
It was because my older brother and sister danced and I enjoyed watching them.
Bolero because it's really powerful .
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.
A long lie in and a big breakfast.
Moving to Dubai with my family!
Duckling, Cat and Winter
Johannesburg, South Africa.
South Africa, Jacqui Wells Studio and South African Ballet Academy; Switzerland, Igokat with Kathryn Bradney & Igor Pavano (Prinicpal dancers with Béjart Ballet Lausanne).
I'm currently training at Elmhurst School for Dance in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet.
As I am still a student, I have not had much experience, bit I did have the opportunity to dance as a Swan in Birmingham Royal Ballet's Swan Lake. I ended up doing 20 shows!
Dancing in Swan Lake with the Birmingham Royal Ballet!
Ever since I was little, I have never wanted to take my ballet skirt off! I do remember reading an article about one of my idols, Angela Malan, and she said
'I could never imagine doing anything else', and I said to my Mum,
'This is how I feel!'
I guess there is this passion inside me that makes me want to dance, especially to inspirational music.
Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, the ballet has the most beautiful music and is so moving to me. Plus, I find there is so much to work with in the choreography, expressions and emotions.
I would also just love to dance in Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated – a masterpiece which is so exciting and striking.
Anastasia, the story is so exciting and the music is lovely!
Definitely Li Cunxin! Angela Malan, Maurice Bejart, Kathryn Bradney and Alina Cojocaru.
Waking up to a warm sunny day and having a delicious brunch with my family, probably overlooking a beautiful garden or beach setting.
The latest was Maroon 5's new CD – great music!
My iPad mini.
I haven't visited many places in Yorkshire yet, but I do enjoy Leeds.
Taking part in the Genée International Ballet Competition in Cape Town, especially performing the 21st Century piece Far Closer. The music is stunning, the movements were beautiful to dance, and it felt just magical to be on that stage showing what I love to do best... and in my home country!
Travelling – my family and I have been lucky enough to have moved countries a few times and have travelled a lot. I find travelling so exciting – exploring new places and cultures.
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