Rising star to feature in ballet production

Daniel Clelland from Paxton has been selected to dance with the professional ballet company English Youth Ballet (EYB)
Daniel Clelland from Paxton has been selected to dance with the professional ballet company English Youth Ballet (EYB)

PAXTON dancer Daniel Clelland has earned a place with the English Youth Ballet for a new production of Swan Lake in Newcastle next month.

The 12-year-old will spend his Easter holidays being put through a gruelling training programme ahead of the shows at Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre on April 16-17.

The production will feature a large cast of up to 100 young talented dancers, with Daniel playing the parts of a Spanish boy and a courtier.

It will not be a new experience, however, as he performed at the same venue last year in the English Youth Ballet’s production of Coppelia.

Proud mum Julie said: “Daniel had to get through a very tough audition which lasted over an hour and also had to audition in the 12/18 age range putting him up against a lot of older dancers. He has a good idea of what is ahead of him after last year where he had a fantastic time and gained invaluable experience.”