Young dancers live their dream in Giselle

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Four talented Morley dancers will be taking to the stage in a professional peformance of Giselle.

Troy Tipple, 11, Rowan Lightwood, 10, Bethany Raine, 11 and Alicia Patnelli, 12, are currently having an amazing time rehearsing with the English Youth Ballet at St George’s Hall Bradford for the June 5-6 performance.

Nearly 200 young hopeful dancers turned up to two auditions with Troy, Rowan, Alicia and Bethany all impressing youth ballet director, Janet Lewis MBE.

This is the second time Troy will be performing with the youth ballet and is looking forward to dancing again with Rowan, who have previously danced together.

Bethany, a pupil at Morley Victoria School has been dancing for six years at the Rachael Swann School of Dancing and renaissance Arts in Leeds.

Proud mum Jill said: “Bethany plays piano, loves sport and is involved in all aspects of school life.

“Being in Giselle is a great experience, and Bethany is loving the rehearsals.

“It’s fantastic that English Youth Ballet give young dancers from all over the country the chance to learn from and dance with professional ballerina’s.”

Alicia, who attended Churwell Primary School, is now a pupil sat Morley Academy.

Mum Nichole said: “Alicia has been attending Rachael Swann school of dancing since she was three and took part in her first show six months after she started. She currently studies ballet, tap, modern and drama.

“She has auditioned for the Royal Ballet twice but unfortunately was unsuccessful.

“She successfully auditioned for Renaissance Arts in 2014 and is now close to completing her first year.”

Nichole said Alicia has wanted to be a Prima Ballerina since around the age of six when her teacher, Miss Rachael, first suggested that she had the talent to follow that path

“She is very petite for her age and one thing that stops her being upset about it is the fact that it will help her become a Prima Ballerina.

“Being selected for Giselle has been a dream come true for Alicia.

“She sincerely hopes that this is the start of a long career and the first job she can put on her dance CV.”

Julianne Rice-Oxley, English Youth Ballet Mistress, is coaching the young dancers in rehearsals.

She said: “The young dancers are treated like professional dancers during rehearsals.

“We work them hard but the results are fantastic.

“They learn what the life of a professional dancer is like.

“They are living their dream and they just love it.”

The story of Giselle is set in the Edwardian era on an English country estate and tells the story of young governess, Giselle, who falls in love with the aristocrat Albert who betrays her. She dies of a broken heart but her ghost chooses to protect Albert and other of the town’s men folk as ghosts of other young women seek their revenge.