Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Girl dreams of ballet career

A TEENAGE girl is targeting a career as a professional dancer as she prepares to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

A TEENAGE girl is targeting a career as a professional dancer as she prepares to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

Sereina Mowlem, 14, of East Park Farm Drive, Charvil, will appear in English National Ballet’s performance of Swan Lake at the historic venue from June 1 to 12.

Sereina, who is studying a junior dance course at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, will perform with more than 100 other dancers, including 12 of her fellow students.

She has already danced five times with ENB since making her debut in 2013 and secured her latest role after auditioning for ballet master Antonio Castilla when he visited the school in March.

Sereina, who lives with her parents Johnny, a racing driver, and Fiona, a photographer and former actress, and brother Reece, 18, said: ”I was very nervous at the audition but I had performed with them in Nutcracker and Le Corsaire, so that made it less scary.

“The audition went extremely well and I had to wait for the sheet to go up saying who’d got in. A couple of days later it went up and thankfully my name was there.

“I was so excited to be chosen to perform, especially in the Royal Albert Hall. It will be such an amazing experience.

“The hall holds more than 5,000 people and is almost round, so the audience will be on three sides of us. The choreography is fast and technical and we will have to work extremely hard to keep up with the company.”

Sereina started dancing at age three and joined the Julie Rose Ballet School in Shiplake when she was eight. Now she wants to pursue dancing as a career and hopes she can learn from dancers at ENB.

She said: “Having the privilege to dance with the company is just amazing and I have been inspired by so many of them. My dream is to be a professional ballet dancer so any advice they give I always take on board.

“Ballet is very physically demanding. I stretch every day and I have a two-hour ballet class every day but I love it so much and I couldn’t think of a better career than dancing.”

Mrs Mowlem, who is a Charvil parish councillor, said: “We are all extremely proud of her and delighted that she’s going to get a chance to dance at the Royal Albert Hall. English National Ballet is a wonderful company to dance with and for Sereina to be around professionals of that standard is so inspiring. We can’t wait to go and see her.

“She works incredibly hard — she must get that work ethic from her father! I often hear her alarm go off at 5.50am and she trots downstairs to do her limbering and stretching before school. She’s very dedicated and if she makes it as a professional it will be well deserved.”

Former pupils of Tring Park School include Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley. Director of dance Rachel Rist said: “Sereina is an exceptional young dancer.

The fact that she has been chosen to dance with the ENB in this spectacular adaptation is recognition of what an imaginative dancer she is.”

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