Ballet dancer Mollie stars in Nutcracker


An up and coming ballet dancer from Ilkeston is to star in a performance of The Nutcracker in Nottingham next month.

Mollie McGugan, 15, was selected at an audition in March from over 250 young hopefuls.

She will appear in the production at the Theatre Royal Nottingham for three performances with the English Youth Ballet (EYB), dancing the role of a Sugar Flower.

Mollie, who goes to Kirk Hallam Technology and Sports College and is currently training at Rollo Academy of Performing Arts, said: “I am 15 years old and I started dancing when I was eight. I used to do horse riding but when I saw an advert for dance classes I started that as well and it just took hold of me and I loved it. I love the music and the feeling I get when I am on stage. I am enjoying working the EYB because I get to do different routines and I can see lots of other dancers and learn from them. I would like to go to a vocational school and study dance and do it as a job, if I can.”

All the young dancers in the cast will dance alongside EYB’s international principal artists in a professional production. They will gain an insight into what life is like as a professional ballet dancer.

The young cast are working with the EYB’s principal dancers at Emmanuel School in an intensive rehearsal process.