London show for girl ‘dancing all her life’

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WINSLOW girl Olivia Bigsby may be tiny, but she obviously made a big impression when she auditioned for a part with the London Children’s Ballet Company.

For 10-year-old Olivia has been selected to take part in a London tour of Rumplestiltskin next month.

Each year, London Children’s Ballet selects up to 60 young gifted dancers aged nine to 16 from its auditions to form three touring companies, which travel to venues across London and the south east to bring a ballet performance to those who physically unable to attend the theatre.

Dancers visit special educational needs schools, nursing homes, hospices and hospitals. And after every performance, they meet the audiences, answering questions and demonstrating ballet steps.

Olivia, who is a pupil at Tring Park School, attended the audition last November, and next week sees the start of an intensive three-week rehearsal period, with proud mum Cheryl accompanying her to London and back almost every day.

The four-day ballet tour begins on September 22.

“She was absolutely thrilled, said Cheryl. “She’s been dancing all her life.”

Olivia has been attending the Kercher School of Dance in Aylesbury since she was three.

Earlier this year she came second in the ballet solo class for her age group in the Chesham Dance and Arts Festival,

But although Olivia appeared the consumate professional when she posed for our photographer, Cheryl said: “She doesn’t like to brag about what she does. She’s a quiet girl at heart.”