Dancers land prestigious roles

(L-R) Lucy Hurst, 14, of Belper; Jay Derrick, 11, of Matlock; Phoebe Bell, eight, of Matlock. All three have landed roles in a Royal Ballet performance of The Nutcracker.
(L-R) Lucy Hurst, 14, of Belper; Jay Derrick, 11, of Matlock; Phoebe Bell, eight, of Matlock. All three have landed roles in a Royal Ballet performance of The Nutcracker.
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Three talented Matlock ballerinas are celebrating after beating hundreds of applicants to land prestigious roles in a festive performance.

Lucy Hurst, 14, Jay Derrick, 11, and Phoebe Bell, eight, have all landed roles in an English Youth Ballet (EYB) adaption of The Nutcracker.

They will be performing at Buxton Opera House on November 13 and 14.

EYB held a huge audition for the ballet in June this year.

Over 200 young hopeful dancers turned up to the two auditions, which were held at Buxton Opera House.

Miss Janet Lewis MBE, of the EYB, said: “We are all about providing extra performance experience to young dancers.

“We saw a very pleasing standard at the audition today and it was lovely to see lots of enthusiasm.”

EYB has helped many of the UK’s top talent springboard their training progress and careers into some of the world’s greatest ballet companies – including the Royal Ballet Company and English National Ballet.

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office 01298 72190 or online www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.