Teen ballerina from Welwyn Garden City to dance with international stars

PUBLISHED: 11:06 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:25 08 February 2018

Lucy Kiernan has been selected to perform in a prestigious English Youth Ballet performance. Picture: Ben Garner

Lucy Kiernan has been selected to perform in a prestigious English Youth Ballet performance. Picture: Ben Garner

Ben Garner

A teenager at Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School has landed herself a choice role in an upcoming English Youth Ballet performance in March.

Lucy will get to rehearse and perform with international principal dancers Samantha Camejo and Philip Tunstall. Picture: Peter Mares. Lucy will get to rehearse and perform with international principal dancers Samantha Camejo and Philip Tunstall. Picture: Peter Mares.

Lucy Kiernan, 13, impressed the panel at an audition with over 150 dancers aged eight-18 to join the the corps de ballet in a performance of Coppélia in Rickmansworth.

The English Youth Ballet has been an important stepping stone for the careers of young dancers, some of whom have ended up with the English National Ballet and the Royal Ballet Company.

Lucy said: “I was pretty nervous because the audition was on a stage - but my mum was sitting in the audience which helped.”

Lucy found out the same day that she had got through, but that wasn’t the only reason she was delighted.

“I was really excited and happy as my friend got in as well - now we get to go together!”

She will get the chance to rehearse and perform alongside international principal dancers such Samantha Camejo, Monica Tapiador, Caroline Cabot, Phillip Tunstall, Phillip Bollev and Trevor Wood.

Lucy has been dancing since she was four, though her mother Alison Kiernan just exclaimed “blimey, no!” when asked if Lucy got her talents from her.

Instead, Lucy says she got the dancing bug in preschool.

“One of my friends brought in her tap shoes to show everyone - and that’s when I decided to give it a go,” she recalled.

She now attends classes three times a week at North Central Herts School of dance with teacher Gemma Hurst, where she also learns tap, modern, jazz and contemporary dance.

She’ll be putting in over 60 hours of rehearsals for the performance, where the young dancers are held to exacting standards.

“It’s quite a high standard process, and they encourage them to take it seriously,” said Alison.

But Lucy said she is well used to rehearsal discipline.

“I’ve done a lot of rehearsals before. 
“I think the principal dancers will be very inspirational because obviously, they’re professionals.”
She says a future career in dance is “a bit like a dream.”

The performance will take place at Rickmansworth Watersmeet March 2-3 and tickets are available from the box office on 01923 711063 or by visiting www.watersmeet.co.uk.

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