Teenage ballet star will tour Scotland

Emily Corbitt (Clara) with Joey Wright (Drosselmeyer on location at Ardanaiseig Hotel. Photographer, Ryan James Davies.
Emily Corbitt (Clara) with Joey Wright (Drosselmeyer on location at Ardanaiseig Hotel. Photographer, Ryan James Davies.
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A teenage dancer from Stickney has landed herself a part in a dance school’s annual New Year tour of Scotland.

Emily Corbitt, 17, is a second year student at Ballet West in Tainuilt, West Highlands, and will play Clara in the company’s production of the Nutcracker, opening in Oban, on January 22.

Of her latest role she 
said: “I thought it was wonderful.

“I think it’s a really good experience and I have definitely improved my confidence and performance.”

She added: “Clara is a little girl, she’s young and she’s still got some imagination but she’s still growing up.”

The tour will take the young dancer across nine locations in Scotland including Glasgow and Edinburgh.

On performing for the school, Emily said: “It’s stressful and there’s a lot of pressure but at the end of it there’s such a good experience. It’s so enjoyable.”

The tour finishes at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on February 20, and be the first visit by Ballet West’s company.

It follows a very successful debut in the Clyde Auditorium at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in 2015.

Emily will perform with up to 99 others in larger venues, with Ballet West’s Associates in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

She has been attending dance classes at the Allen School of Dance in Boston since she was four, taking up classical ballet at the age of nine.

She was originally taken to the classes by her mum and dad and attended with her sisters.

She joined Ballet West at the age of 16 and is full of praise for it.

She said: “When I first moved away I found it very difficult because you don’t usually move away when your 16. I found it hard but it’s such a close and friendly school it wasn’t hard to fit in.”

For more visit 
www.balletwest.co.uk