Three local dancers cast in English Youth Ballet show

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YOUNG Tunbridge Wells dancers, Molly Stoddard, 13, Emily Whichcord, 14, and Katja Wylie, 15, were chosen to join the 80-strong cast of the English Youth Ballet’s production of ‘Cinderella in Hollywood’.

The girls were cast through a process of rigorous rehearsals and competitive auditions and will now perform alongside professional dancers Lyndsey Fraser and Joshua Webb in the show, which is at The Orchard Theatre in Dartford later this month.

Katja, a St Gregory’s pupil who studies at the Southborough School of Dance, said: “One of the best things about being a dancer is that I can express my feelings and emotions through dance. I have gained and made so many amazing new friends through dance.

“I think that dance has really helped grow my confidence and my ability to apply myself in situations that I might not feel comfortable in.

“This year I will also be auditioning for full-time dance training after my GCSEs, as I really want to be able to perform and make other people happy when watching me. It has always been my dream to be a dancer when I was a little girl, and I really would like to make that dream come true,” she said.

“While rehearsing and performing at EYB, I am hoping to gain more confidence when dancing and get quicker at picking up choreography and steps, I would also like to improve my ability to perform on stage and enhance my understanding of dance technique.”

The English Youth Ballet will perform ‘Cinderella in Hollywood’ at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, from August 18 to 19.

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