An aspiring ballerina has had her dream come true, winning a much sought-after role in an upcoming production of Swan Lake.
Freya Mills auditioned for a part in the production being performed by the English Youth Ballet at Norwich Theatre Royal later this month and was thrilled to gain a place.
Mum Claire said: “This was Freya’s first audition. For a young ballet dancer, performing in Swan Lake in her home theatre is a dream come true! And it’s a wonderful experience and privilege to train with EYB Principal Ballet dancers and other young dancers from all over Norfolk.”
Nearly 200 dancers from schools in Norfolk and Suffolk auditioned for the parts in March, and 92 were chosen.
Since then they have taken part in more than 60 hours of rehearsals, which Freya, a former Norfolk Primary Cross Country Finalist, is taking in her stride.
“As well as dancing, she does athletics, artistic roller skating, is in a 5k running club and has taken part in the Race for Life for several years,” said Claire. “The whole family are so proud of Freya and the commitment and effort she puts into everything she does.”
Freya, 12, a pupil at Taverham High School, said: “I’ve LOVED every rehearsal! The best part, so far, has been learning new steps and routines in a big hall. I’m really enjoying it.
“I love watching the professional dancers, too – they look so graceful. I can’t wait until I can go en pointe! Nanny and Grandad have taken me to see ballet at the theatre, so seeing behind the scenes of a production is amazing. I’m so excited about the performances and a bit nervous, too, but I know my routines and I can’t wait!”
Freya has been dancing since she was five, studying ballet and tap with Judy Habbitts School of Dance, in Drayton.
She recently achieved her ISTD Grade 3 in ballet, as well as gaining a distinction in Grade 2 tap.
She and the other youngsters will be taking part in the three performances, on July 21 and 22.