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Lili performs to a full house at Oxford New Theatre

Twelve-year-old ballet dancer Lili from Launceston put her best foot forward in a series of performances of Swan Lake with the English Youth Ballet over the summer.

Lili, who studies at St Joseph’s and trains with local ballet school Nicky Brice Ballet Schools, was selected from hundreds of auditionees to perform in Swan Lake with the English Youth Ballet. She spent a busy half term rehearsing in Oxford, before performing as a Little Mariinsky Dancer at the New Theatre in Oxford on the 16th and 17th June in front of sell-out audiences.

Not only was Lili able to deliver outstanding performances amongst other talents from across the country, she was also the only dancer from Cornwall to perform with EYB’s Swan Lake.

The production starred eight international principal dancers and showcased the talents of 90 young dancers, telling the story of love, rivalry, greed and murder in 1895 Imperial Russia.

The English Youth Ballet has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, creating a space for young, talented dancers to work amongst principal dancers that joined from the likes of the English National Ballet, Northern Ballet and K-Ballet.

Oxford New Theatre holds more than 2,000 people, and with three performances to almost completely full audiences, this has been an experience of a lifetime for Launceston dancer Lili. Her mum Jess said: “Lili had an amazing time with EYB. They did three performances to almost full houses at the Oxford New Theatre which holds over 2,000 people. It was a lot of travelling to and from Oxford for rehearsals, but so worth it as she had the best time. She made lots of friends and enjoyed performing with the professional dancers.”


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