The magic of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker presented by Southern Yourth Ballet at Eastbourne's  Congress theatre SUS-151214-102437001
The Nutcracker presented by Southern Yourth Ballet at Eastbourne's Congress theatre SUS-151214-102437001

A joyful Victorian Christmas party, a magic Christmas tree and a journey to the Land of Sweets are all part of the enchantment that a local dance company will bring to the Congress Theatre just a few days before Christmas.

Southern Youth Ballet is based in Eastbourne and gave its first annual performance in 1997. This year, some 50 young dancers will present The Nutcracker.

Nutcracker presented by Southern Youth Ballet at the Congress Theatre SUS-151214-104219001

Nutcracker presented by Southern Youth Ballet at the Congress Theatre SUS-151214-104219001

The festive setting sees the children excited and eager to open their presents. Clara is given a nutcracker doll and that is when her adventures begin.

This is the second time that Erin Perry has danced the role of Clara, having first dazzled in the role aged just 15. She joined SYB in 2009 and is currently training for her Advanced 2 ballet exam. She is a pupil at Lewes College and hopes to take up full time dance training.

She is partnered by Edward Davies dancing, as he did two years ago, the role of The Nutcracker. He started dancing when he was four years old and is now a member of the Dance Company Studios in Beckenham. He is a pupil at Ravensbourne Arts School.

The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Prince are danced by Isabelle Cronin and Luke Crook. Born and raised in Eastbourne, Isabelle, 18 has been dancing with SYB since she was nine years old. She is currently studying for A levels at Eastbourne College and will begin auditioning for contemporary dance schools next year.

Luke was three years old when he came to live in Eastbourne where he attended Ocklynge and Ratton schools. He started dancing when he was 14 and a year later appeared with SYB in The Nutcracker. He studied GCSE dance at Ratton with further studies in Cornwall and at the London Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating, he has performed at the UK Music Video Awards and is currently touring with Let’s All Dance.

Dazzling costumes and a full professional orchestra conducted by Kenneth Roberts complete the line-up for this gorgeous festive treat on December 20 at 5pm.

Tickets from £11 to £17. Box office 01323 412000, credit card hotline 01323 411555