Local dancer set to impress with world-renowned ballet company

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A local girl who now performs with a world-famous ballet company is excited to be returning home to star in Ballet Central’s performance at Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday 4 June.

Molly Shaw-Downie, 19, from Shawford, in Winchester, is ready to impress audiences when this exciting spectacle – showcasing the talent of the graduate dancers of Ballet Central – the world-touring company of the Central School of Ballet, in London – arrives in the city.

Fans of contemporary and classical dance will delight in this captivating evening of stunning works, which includes a rendition of the solo dance, The Dying Swan, and a vibrant piece by the company’s Artistic Director, Christopher Marney, Carousel Dances – inspired by the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel.

Molly started ballet dancing at Winchester’s Florian School of Dance, aged three, after writing her parents a letter asking if she could become a prima ballerina with the Royal Ballet.

The dedicated performer – who trains six days a week and includes dancing as The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker as one of her proudest moments – has performed in London and Copenhagen.

Also a fan of jazz and contemporary dance, in her spare time Molly enjoys going to the theatre, including Theatre Royal Winchester, where she and her actor brother, Jack, have both performed.

She stars in Ballet Central’s showcase – a celebration of dance theatre, perfect for families, which promises technical excellence and drama, stunning costumes and powerful music – this summer.

Ballet Central will be at Theatre Royal Winchester on Tuesday 4 June. Find out more, or book tickets, by visiting www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk, or call the Box Office on 01962 840 440.