Oakworth boy Joe joins professional ballet

Professional dancers from the cast of the English Youth Ballet production of Coppelia in Stockport

Professional principals and young dancers from the cast of the English Youth Ballet production of Coppelia

Oakworth teenager Joe Dearden who will this weekend performing in the professional ballet. Coppelia

First published in News

OAKWORTH teenager Joe Dearden will tomorrow take to the stage in Stockport in a professional ballet.

Joe is among members of the English Youth Ballet giving three performances of Coppelia at the town’s Plaza Theatre.

The 14-year-old Oakbank School student has spent the past 10 days in Stockport undergoing intensive rehearsals with fellow members.

The youngsters, drawn from across the country, perform in the classical ballet with professional principal dancers.

Joe attends the Sara Packham Theatre School, based in Oxenhope, which regularly provides young dancers and actors for professional stage productions.

He was among 200 children and teenagers who auditioned in February for part with the English Youth Ballet.

The ballet company aims to give talented young dancers an insight into what life is like as a professional dancer.

A complex rehearsal schedule involves simultaneous sessions in three separate studios, before the cast join together to show each other what they have learned each day.

Coppelia follows the escapades of the dreamy Franz after he comically falls in love with a beautiful life-like doll.

Coppelia runs tomorrow and Saturday at 7.30pm, and Saturday at 2.30pm. Call 0161 477 7779 or visit stockportplaza.co.uk to book.

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