Youngsters from Banbury area to star in Sleeping Beauty ballet

Some of the dancers in Sleeping Beauty
Some of the dancers in Sleeping Beauty

A number of youngsters from the local area will perform in a professional ballet production coming to the New Theatre in Oxford.

The eight will star in Sleeping Beauty coming to the stage on Friday and Saturday October 7 and 8.

Anna Dahman, 10 from Deddington, Eve Townsley, nine, from Hook Norton, Lauren Wade, 12, from Wroxton, Anna Blackmore, 14, from Bicester, Millie Lock, 13 from Chipping Norton, Ella Stephenson, 14, from Boddington, Elizabeth Hogben, 10, from Hempton and Phoebe Sunga, 10 from Banbury appear in the production.

Anna Blackmore who goes to Warriner School and is training at Deddington Ballet School said: “I started dancing when I was three because I kept moving around when I was young so my mum thought she should put me into ballet and I really enjoyed it.

“I have just started comtemporary dance and I really like it.

“I am looking forward to dancing with English Youth Ballet for the professional experience and for the chance to dance in front of a big audience.

“ When I am older I would like to become a dancer and dance with companies and then later on I will probably become a teacher.”

There are 100 of the most talented young dancers from Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas in the production.

Principal dancer Amy Drew will be dancing the leading role of Aurora and she is training the young cast in rehearsals.

She said “rehearsals for Beauty are going very well in Oxford. I enjoy getting to know the young dancers. It is wonderful having such talented young people all in the same place and working together. I think that there is a unique and wonderful synergy that takes place because all the dancers learn so much from watching each other and from watching the professionals too.

“Our production of Beauty has gorgeous costumes and sets. I think that the young dancers are really excited about the costumes!”

Tickets can be purchased at the box office on 0844 871 3020 or visit