Ballet in our region

In the Spotlight


Talented young dancers from Midland Theatre Ballet are to take to the stage next month for their debut performance of timeless classic Sleeping Beauty.

The company, the brainchild of Artistic Director Lisa Hollinshead, is to stage two performances at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, in March.

Since it was launched in May 2011, students of Midland Theatre Ballet have met at the Birmingham Royal Ballet studios in Hurst Street for their Sunday training and rehearsal sessions with current and former professional ballet dancers, all of whom have contributed to the exquisite choreography.

Now, after nearly eight months of classes, the students are ready to hit the spotlight.

Lisa launched the company because she said young ballet students in the region lacked the opportunities to perform during their everyday training.

After selecting the finest young dancers in the region after rigorous auditions, they were offered the unique opportunity to train together.

“If you want your children to gain experience in the theatre, you often have to send them to London, which can be difficult for parents to manage,” explains Lisa.

“That’s where Midland Theatre Ballet comes in. It gives dancers the chance to have their moment on stage, and to benefit from some outstanding teaching and choreography.”

Already, the project has made an impression on ballet schools across the Midlands, with students travelling from Derbyshire, and even Wales, to join the training.

“It is truly a fantastic ballet company,” says Siobhan Collins-McCarthy, principal of The Siobhan Collins-McCarthy Dance Academy in Harborne. “All my students who have participated have told me they’ve had a great time, and I will definitely be encouraging them to audition again for the next performance. It’s such a great opportunity for them to perform.”

Sleeping Beauty is set to be a spectacular experience for all. Combined with lavish sets and beautiful costumes, it promises to be a breathtaking performance.

Sleeping Beauty will take place at the Crescent Theatre Birmingham on the 16th & 17th March 2012. Auditions for 2013’s performance of Beauty & the Beast are taking place 19th February & 25th March.

For more details, visit www.midlandtheatreballet.co.uk




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