Young dancers land roles in ballet at Opera House

Young dancers, (Back row) Amy Uprichard, Meabh McMahon; (Front row) Laura Patton, Abbie Finnegan, Abby Smyth, Gemma Uprichard.
Young dancers, (Back row) Amy Uprichard, Meabh McMahon; (Front row) Laura Patton, Abbie Finnegan, Abby Smyth, Gemma Uprichard.

Six young dancers from the Lurgan area have been selected by audition to dance with the professional ballet company – English Youth Ballet (EYB).

Young dancers – Abbie Finnegan, Laura Patton, Abby Smyth, Amy Uprichard, Gemma Uprichard, and Meabh McMahon - have been offered roles in Sleeping Beauty and the opportunity to dance with the nationally acclaimed company.

Young dancers, (Back row) Amy Uprichard, Meabh McMahon; (Front row) Laura Patton, Abbie Finnegan, Abby Smyth, Gemma Uprichard.

Young dancers, (Back row) Amy Uprichard, Meabh McMahon; (Front row) Laura Patton, Abbie Finnegan, Abby Smyth, Gemma Uprichard.

The talented dancers will be taking to the Grand Opera House stage alongside principal dancer Amy Drew and six other international principal dancers.

They gained their places at an audition in November attended by over 300 of the regions’ most talented young dancers.

The magical production of The Sleeping Beauty is being presented at the Grand Opera House, Belfast for three performances from April 25-26.

Amy Uprichard (16), training at the Jeanne Cree School of Ballet, said: “I started dancing about four years ago. I wanted to do something with dance and so I took up ballet because ballet is the core of dancing. Ballet is a really good challenge and when you start you get lost in what you are doing. I am looking forward to the complete experience.”