A BALLET dancer from Mollington will realise her dreams on The Lowry stage this month.
Ellie Waite, 19, is a final year student at the Central School of Ballet in London (CSB) and she will dance a variety of roles on the school’s national tour, which stops off at the Salford theatre on April 25.
The former Acresfield primary and Chester Catholic High School pupil started dancing at the age of three.
She said: “At 11, I knew I wanted to start training vocationally at a full time dance school but my parents encouraged me to concentrate on my GCSEs first and I achieved 7 A*s and 3As.”
During her studies Ellie took dance classes after school at The Hammond School and travelled to Birmingham fortnightly as a Royal Ballet School senior associate.
Ellie, the youngest of four children of dad Neil, a chemical engineer, and mum Katja, a nurse at the Countess of Chester Hospital, likes the variety that this tour offers young dancers.
She said: “I particularly love the jazz piece, Tangoesque, choreographed by Phil Aiden, which has lots of exciting lifts and partner work. “The amazing contemporary piece Code, choreographed specially for Ballet Central by Phoenix Dance Theatre’s director, Sharon Watson, is extremely physical and gives you such a buzz after dancing it on stage!
“My favourite piece in the whole tour, though, is Matthew Hart’s narrative ballet Whodunnit? based on the board game, Cluedo. I play the role of the maid who is a mischievous and cheeky character.”
CSB director Sara Matthews added: “The Ballet Central tour provides the chance to enjoy acclaimed works and new dance pieces in regional theatres across the country, and it’s also the opportunity to see some of the profession’s best emerging dance talent.”