Success for young dancers from south Northants

Some of the south Northants dancers appearing in Swan Lake. Back: Alice Langford, Amy Lloyd. Front: Morgan Denison, Daisy Ward, Alexandra Neuhoff
Some of the south Northants dancers appearing in Swan Lake. Back: Alice Langford, Amy Lloyd. Front: Morgan Denison, Daisy Ward, Alexandra Neuhoff

With performances, distinctions and prestigious school places, young Brackley ballet dancers have recently celebrated dazzling successes.

Nine dancers from south Northants were recently selected at an audition for an English Youth Ballet (EYB) adaption of Swan Lake, beating over 250 other dancers for places.

The dancers, from dance schools in Brackley and Banbury, will perform at Oxford’s New Theatre in September alongside two of EYB’s principal dancers, Julianne Rice-Oxley and Oliver Speers.

Julianne Rice-Oxley praised the young dancers involved in the production for their ‘great energy and attack’, as well as their ‘wonderful team spirit’.

Brackley based Moylan School of Dance is celebrating other recent successes.

It has received an excellent set of Royal Academy of Dance exam results. Out of the 28 pupils who took exams, 12 received Merit grades and sixteen received Distinction grades.

Two of these distinctions were achieved by 10-year-old Zofia Strahnz with 95 per cent in her Grade Three exam, and 16-year-old Georgia Humby with 92 per cent in her Grade Seven exam.

As well as achieving fantastic exam results, three of the senior students have also achieved places in leading dance schools where they will train professionally.

Georgia Humby, Gemma Craigie and Sophie Holland have all gained places in top dance schools and will train with Ballet West, Northern Ballet and Trinity Laban respectively.

Gabrielle Butler, principal of the school, said of her pupils: “They have all worked so hard and are well on their way to achieving their dreams as professional dancers. I am very proud of them.”