100 Young Ballet Dancers required for a new production of CINDERELLA IN HOLLYWOOD


English Youth Ballet is auditioning for roles in a new production of CINDERELLA IN HOLLYWOOD on Sunday 1 December at the Hippodrome.  At the audition 100 young male and female dancers (aged 8 – 18) from across the region will be offered the chance to rehearse with and then dance alongside international professional principal dancers in the production for 3 performances which will be presented at the Hippodrome from 17 – 18 April 2020.

The thrilling new production – CINDERELLA IN HOLLYWOOD is set in the glamorous era of fifties Hollywood.  Cinderella is a seamstress on a film set and the ‘Fairy Godmother’ is her late mother and a former movie star of the thirties. Her Wicked Sisters are Hollywood starlets competing with each other for starring film roles.   The Prince meets Cinderella at the press party but at midnight she flees from the scene leaving a sparkly silver pointe-shoe as the only clue to her identity.

Award-winning English Youth Ballet (known as EYB) is now in its 20th successful year and is one of the largest ballet companies in the UK. EYB is a national touring ballet company with Director - Janet Lewis MBE at its helm.  Miss Lewis enjoyed an illustrious dancing career with the Royal Ballet Company and London Festival Ballet dancing alongside such greats as Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.  The company consists of a core team of 8 international principal dancers, 2 artistic ballet staff, 2 wardrobe mistresses and 4 theatre technicians. The principal dancers have danced in some of the world’s greatest companies including English National Ballet, La Scala and the Royal Ballet. EYB is highly regarded for presenting lavish, large-scale classical ballets and critics have praised the quality of the beautiful sets and costumes.

EYB Director – Janet Lewis says: “The EYB audition is an experience in itself.   EYB is all about performance experience and this starts at the audition as the dancers are given a regular ballet class on the stage.  Parents and family are encouraged to watch from the audience.  We are looking for young dancers of all abilities who can show the audience how much they enjoy their dancing."

The policy of EYB is to give professional performance experience to young dancers in beautiful venues close to where they live.   The young dancers benefit from being coached and mentored by the professional dancers in an 11-day rehearsal period which takes place out of school hours.  They gain a unique insight into what it is like to be a professional dancer.   Young dancers have said “EYB is the best thing I have ever done”.  Parents have said “it is lovely to see my daughter gaining in confidence.”  Teachers have said “EYB inspires young dancers and you notice something different about them in class when they return.”

Each audition will take the form of a regular ballet class.  Dancers will find out on the day if they are successful.  It is advisable to register for the audition in advance but it is possible to register on the day (please arrive 30 minutes early to register).  The audition fee is £18.00 and all dancers participate in a full ballet class.  Parents are invited to watch the audition.

Click here to view the audition application form.

Auditions will be held on Sunday 1 December at Darlington Hippodrome, Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RR.

1.00 – 2.30pm Audition 1  (for dancers aged 8 – 11)

3.00 – 4.30pm Audition 2 (for dancers aged 12 – 18)

For more information and to register for the audition please contact EYB either by telephone – 01689 856747 or by email – info@englishyouthballet.co.uk.  For more information about English Youth Ballet please visit www.englishyouthballet.co.uk.

Tickets for the show are available here.