Chislehurst girl’s dream comes true as she appears in English National Ballet’s Swan Lake

PUBLISHED: 11:33 02 December 2016

Winnie Willsmer

Winnie Willsmer


She danced before a sold-out crowd at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley this month

Winnie in Swan LakeWinnie in Swan Lake

A youngster from Chislehurst had her dream come true when she appeared in an English National Ballet production of Swan Lake.

Winnie Willsmer, who attends Coopers School, appeared before a sold-out crowd in the opening scene of Tchaikovsky’s famous work at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, on November 25 and 26.

The twelve-year-old described appearing in the shows as “the most incredible experience”.

“I have appeared in several shows before with my dance school to quite big audiences, but never in a full-size theatre,” she said.

“Waiting for the music to start and the curtain to go up was really nerve-wracking, but so exciting.

“Luckily all the lights on stage made it difficult to see the whole audience so I could concentrate on my dance.

“Dancing on stage with the Professional Principal dancers is a dream come true and something I will never forget. I felt so proud.”

Winnie, who has been dancing since the age of five, practises for 18 hours a week and had to spend 60 hours in rehearsals for Swan Lake.

“It was tiring but enjoyable,” she said. “Most of it was danced in my pointe shoes and I got through a lot of plasters!

“I am hoping to do the Ballet Education degree at The Royal Academy of Dance in London to become a fully qualified ballet teacher when I’m older.”

Her mum Michelle said: “I’m so proud - they are all so talented.

“It was a proper professional ballet, and to see her up there was amazing.

“It is lovely to watch her, and to keep on top of all her school work and all the rehearsals she just works so hard.”

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