Ella, 10, from Exmouth lands dream role after ‘waltzing’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 March 2016

Ella Wren.

Ella Wren.


A 10-year-old Exmouth girl, who trains with the Woodbury Dance Studios school, is set to shine after being cast in the ballet Coppelia.

Ella Wren – one of 100 young hopefuls to audition in Torquay – impressed director and founder of the English Youth Ballet Janet Lewis MBE.

She will be performing alongside international dancers Amy Drew, Adele Robbins, Monica Tapiador, Richard Read, Brenden Bratulic, Oliver Speers and Trevor Wood.

Proud mum Alison said Ella is the first dancer in the family.

Alison, of Hulham Road, said the family was delighted and looking forward to seeing her in the show.

However, she is looking forward to the driving to rehearsals being over.

“We had to take Ella to the Princess Theatre in Torquay. She was nervous but delighted to be told on the day.

“One of the choreographers showed them all a routine and Ella had to repeat it, which is an impressive thing to do considering she hadn’t done the routine before.

“I don’t know if she wants to be a ballet dancer when she’s older as it is quite hard to get into the ballet schools, but Ella certainly wants to be a dancer.”

Coppelia is a story about Dr Coppelius, who makes a life-sized dancing doll.

Miss Lewis praised the commitment of the young dancers.

She said: “The English Youth Ballet is all about providing extra performance experience to young dancers. We saw a very pleasing standard at the audition and it was lovely to see lots of enthusiasm.”

Lead dancer Amy, who will be performing the lead role of Swanhilda, said Ella will be ‘living her dream’.

She said: “The young dancers are treated like professionals during rehearsals – we work them hard but the results are fantastic.

“They learn what the life of a professional dancer is like. They are living the dream and they just love it.”

Coppelia will be performed on April 1 and April 2, at the Princess Theatre in Torquay.

For more information, or to book tickets, call the Box Office on 0844 8713023 or visit www.atgtickets.com/venues/princess-theatre.

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