The dreams of four young dancers from mid Norfolk will soon come true when they grace the stage in a major production. 

Molly Walpole, 12 and from Fulmodeston, Crystal Barnes, 11 and from Hoe, Anya Spencer, nine and from Dereham, and Hannah Langley, nine and from Scarning, will be part of a 92-strong cast of an English Youth Ballet production of Swan Lake.

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Dereham Times: Molly Walpole will be part of an English Youth Ballet production of Swan LakeMolly Walpole will be part of an English Youth Ballet production of Swan Lake (Image: Ben Garner)

The cast members are currently experiencing the life of professional dancers in rehearsals ahead of the show, which will take palace at Norwich Theatre Royal on July 21-22. 

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Molly, who goes to Fakenham Academy and trains at Busybodies Stage School in Toftwood, said: “I started dancing when I was three years old because it sounded like something fun to do. 

“Dancing makes me feel good and gives me more energy than usual. I feel confident when I dance.  

Dereham Times: Crystal Barnes will be part of the Swan Lake productionCrystal Barnes will be part of the Swan Lake production (Image: Ben Garner)

“I have never performed in front of this many people before and I am looking forward to it.”

Molly also swims with the Dereham Otters club and enjoys racing in galas, which helps her dancing by strengthening her muscles.   

Crystal attends Litcham High School and dances at the Central School of Dancing and Performing Arts in Norwich.

She took up dancing when she was three, because she wanted to find a hobby that she would enjoy forever. 

Crystal said: “I like how I can be myself and express my feelings through my dancing. It's definitely what makes me happy.   

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“I also wanted to meet people with the same passion as me, my teachers and friends have been so nice to me along the way.” 

Swan Lake - a tale of love, rivalry, greed and murder in 1895 imperial Russia - will feature eight international principal dancers.  

For tickets, call the box office on 01603 6300000 or visit