Future ballerinas from the English Youth Ballet glided into a shopping centre for a rehearsal of their forthcoming production of Swan Lake.

They enchanted visitors to Centre Court Shopping in Wimbledon with a rendition of the Dance Of The Cygnets from the Tchaikovsky ballet.

Dorothy Wheeler, aged nine (third from left), said: “It was really exciting because you got to show off the dance you learned to loads of people. I think we represented English Youth Ballet really well and hopefully they will come and see the ballet.”

The English Youth Ballet gives young dancers aged between eight and 18 the opportunity to perform in a professional setting, performing full-length ballets in regional theatres in England, Scotland and Wales.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the company, which invites 100 young dancers to join professional dancers on stage in eight annual performances.

The English Youth Ballet will be performing Swan Lake at the New Wimbledon Theatre from August 24-25.

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