Bedford Girls’ School ballet star secures prestigious role

Bedford Girls’ School ballet star secures prestigious role

24 May 2019

Bedford Girls’ School (BGS) Year 8 student Kate Emerson has successfully gained a place to perform in English Youth Ballet’s upcoming production of Cinderella in Hollywood.

Kate who is currently studying ballet Grade 6 level under the direction of BGS Dance teacher, Mrs Hannah D’Arcy, will be sharing the stage with the top up-and-coming talent from the local area.

Kate reflected on her experience of the audition day, she said: “The auditions were split into juniors and seniors. I was in the senior section with about 100 girls auditioning but only 50 places could be awarded. We were given a number of exercises and phrases of movement that we had to pick up quickly and perform.

“The results of who made it into the production were announced straight away after the auditions. We were all waiting anxiously and gradually numbers were read out. I was so happy to hear my name announced. I am really excited to be in this show for The English Youth Ballet and I can’t wait to perform.”

Mrs Suzanne Winter, Head of Dance at BGS, said: “We are extremely delighted for Kate. To achieve Grade 6 level alongside gaining a place to perform with The English Youth Ballet, is a true representation of her commitment and dedication to this art form.”

Now in its 21st year, English Youth Ballet provides professional performance experience for talented young dancers. It has built a national reputation for the quality of both its full-length classical ballets and mixed bill programmes.

Performance of Cinderella in Hollywood take place at the New Theatre, Oxford on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June 2019. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 0844 871 3020.

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