Two aspiring ballet dancers will perform in a new production alongside professionals from around the world.
Claire Wood and Grace Currie, who both live in Shefford, will be part of the cast for Swan Lake at Oxford’s New Theatre in September.
Grace, 16, and Claire, 14, will star in three performances on September 20 and 21 in the English Youth Ballet (EYB) production.
The girls – who both attend Samuel Whitbread Academy in Clifton – were selected after taking part in an audition in May where more than 250 young hopefuls auditioned for roles.
They are now working with the EYB’s principal dancers in an intensive 10-day rehearsal process.
Each day the cast is split up into groups who rehearse separately, piecing the ballet together gradually like a complex jigsaw.
At the end of each rehearsal the company gathers to talk about what has been learned.
British principal ballerinaJulianne Rice Oxley has spoken highly of the girls’ efforts and dedication in rehearsals for the production.
She said: “The young dancers we are working with have great energy and attack. Working in a professional environment gives the students a unique insight into life in a ballet company.
“I feel very privileged to be a principal with EYB as I get to work with some of the UK’s most talented young dancers.
“I find them incredibly inspiring.”