Polly is a star on stage!

A Hazelwood School student has appeared on stage with the English Youth Ballet (EYB) at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford in August, after being selected to be part of the 80-strong cast of their production Cinderella in Hollywood.

Oxted resident Polly Allen, 10, attends the Lisa May School of Dance in Brasted, Kent. She performed on stage alongside other talented young dancers from the local area, as well as international professional dancers. 

Polly by the Cinderella in Hollywood poster at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Polly by the Cinderella in Hollywood poster at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford

 Polly, who has been dancing since she was three years old, joined the EYB following a competitive selection process for the production in May. She said:

“It was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience! I loved meeting new people and dancing in front of a large audience.  It was a privilege to be taught by professional ballet dancers and to be able to watch them perform their best in rehearsals. I thoroughly enjoyed the sense of freedom you get while dancing, as well as making new friends”.

Her headteacher at Hazelwood, Mrs Louw said the school is proud of Polly for her outstanding achievement:

“To be chosen from over 150 young dancers shows Polly’s dedication, hard work, and exceptional talent have truly shone through. Her commitment to her dancing journey is inspiring, and her well-deserved spot in this prestigious production is a testament to her passion and skill. Your dedication has paid off, and your performance in Cinderella has dazzled audiences and will be an inspiration to all Hazelwood.”

The next English Youth Ballet production in the south east will be Coppelia, at the Hawth Crawley on 3 and 4 November. Find out more on their website.

Polly will be appearing on stage at her ballet school’s annual show at The Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks on Sunday, 26 November.

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