The Nutcracker inspired me to dance - and now I’m in it

Oliver Vaughan
Oliver Vaughan

A YOUNG dancer’s dream of having a professional role in the Nutcracker has come true.

Oliver Vaughan was selected by the English Youth Ballet to appear in the professional production at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, for three performances from July 22 to Saturday July 23. He will play the part of the Wooden Nutcracker and a Chinese dancer.

The 13-year-old said: “It feels amazing to have been picked. I became interested in dance a few years ago after watching the Nutcracker in Birmingham. After seeing how amazing the dancers were I asked my mum if I could start ballet and became a member of the Leamington and Warwick Academy of Dance.”

Since then Oliver has moved to the Siobhan Collins-McCathy Dance Academy in Birmingham, where he heard about the auditions for the Nutcracker.

The Kenilworth School pupil said: “Experiencing the life of a professional ballet dancer is amazing and I’m really enjoying rehearsals.

“I hope this is the start of a career in dance for me because I would love to perform in London and other big theatres when I’m older.

“I just love to dance because it provides a way for me to express my emotions and it adds a new dimension to my life.”

English Youth Ballet manager Ben Garner, said: “Working with our company will most probably be the highlight of this talented young dancer’s career, to date.”

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