Big show for upcoming ballet stars

Above, Florence Pope, Amy Drew, Brenden Bratulic, Sophia Mitropoulos.   Below (left to right front line)  Harriet Purser, Isabella Ruggiero-Newington, Katie Norman, Ellie Lamoon  (back line) Laura Coats, Florence Pope, Madeleine Westbrook-Burr, Lucy Forgham, Harriet Rogers, Emily Norman
Above, Florence Pope, Amy Drew, Brenden Bratulic, Sophia Mitropoulos. Below (left to right front line) Harriet Purser, Isabella Ruggiero-Newington, Katie Norman, Ellie Lamoon (back line) Laura Coats, Florence Pope, Madeleine Westbrook-Burr, Lucy Forgham, Harriet Rogers, Emily Norman

Up-and-coming ballerina Florence Pope is set to dazzle when she appears in her biggest production yet at the Waterside.

The 15-year-old Aylesbury High School pupil wowed judges when she auditioned for a role in The Sleeping Beauty earlier this year, securing the only scholarship for her age group and one of the more senior roles.

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When she is not at school the hard working dancer is attending lessons at one of three specialist dance colleges that she attends on a weekly basis.

Talent spotter Ben Garner, of the English Youth Ballet which is staging the Waterside show, said: “We noticed her precision of movements, her jump, her energy and she is really crisp and sharp in her dances and there’s a lot of thought that goes into her dancing.”

Florence said: “It’s an amazing opportunity. It will be great to be able to dance at the Waterside in front of so many people.”

As well as her dancing, Florence is also working on how she comes across at auditions.

“You have to have that certain sparkle that people will automatically want to look at you and not the girl next to you,” she said. “That’s also when you’re in the room talking to people and not just when you are dancing.”

The English Youth Ballet’s philosophy is to use established dancers, like Amy Drew (pictured above), to play the lead roles and also coach and mentor the younger performers like Florence.

Amy said: “We get a lot of talented youngsters and we get to see their progress and they keep in touch and let us know when they have got into companies and shows and it’s nice.”

More than 100 performers are currently taking part in 10 days of rehearsals at Aylesbury’s Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School ahead of the Waterside shows on August 24 and 25.

For more details visit www.englishyouthballet.co.uk