Bolton School Junior Girls

Ballet Dancer's Birmingham Debut

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Aspiring ballet dancer Miley Sharpe in Year 5 performed with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in their recent production of Swan Lake Dreams at the Birmingham Hippodrome. She has been dancing for six years and, although she has danced in front of judges for competitions, this was her first time dancing in a professional performance.

Every two years, the Birmingham Royal Ballet produces Dreams, a performance project for ballet students which offers the opportunity to dance alongside Company dancers. Miley applied because she loves the story of Swan Lake: it is one of her favourite ballets.

Following auditions, she was named one of the Little Swans along with two friends from her ballet school, Janet Lomas School of Dancing. Every Wednesday since October, and sometimes more than once a week, she has visited Birmingham for rehearsals and worked hard to learn the Swan Lake choreography.

Miley was particularly excited to hear from internationally renowned dancer Carlos Acosta CBE, Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, who sent an inspiring video message to the cast ahead of their performance. She appeared in Acts 2 and 4 of Swan Lake Dreams and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

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