The dreams of 17 young ballet dancers from Brighton have come true after being chosen to perform in a professional production.

Three performances of Coppélia will be staged by the English Youth Ballet at The Hawth in Crawley on November 3 and 4.

The production stars six international principal dancers and showcases the talents of 100 young dancers from the area.

The story of Coppélia follows the escapades of Franz when he falls in love with a beautiful, life-like doll called Coppélia who has been created by the eccentric Dr Coppelius.

The Argus: The young dancers will have trained 60 hours over ten daysThe young dancers will have trained 60 hours over ten days (Image: Ben Garner)

The plot thickens when Franz’s jealous lover, Swanhilda, takes her friends on an adventure into the spooky house of the mad inventor to confront her rival.


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The story ends happily after the truth is uncovered and the whole town joins the most extravagant wedding celebration for the smitten Franz and Swanhilda.

EYB’s director Janet Lewis OBE said: “The young dancers get to experience what life is like in a professional ballet company. They learn about developing their artistic and performance skills as well as improving their technique.

“I am always amazed at how quickly the young dancers progress and how positive they are when presented with new challenges.”

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