Nine-year-old Stockport Grammar Junior School pupil Tianie Grainger is thrilled to be performing in the English Youth Ballet’s production of Coppélia at the Plaza this weekend.
After successfully auditioning for the role, Tianie will join a 100-strong company of dancers between eight and 18 years of age who will dance alongside the eight professionals playing the principal roles.
Royal Ballet School junior associate
Tianie, who has been dancing since the age of two and has just completed her first year as a junior associate with the Royal Ballet School, also takes lessons in jazz, modern, tap and character but says that ballet is her favourite dance form.
The year four pupil would love to become professional when she is older, with a dream to dance in Swan Lake, and her favourite subjects at school are drama and English.
“Proud of all the work Tianie puts in”
Speaking about appearing in Coppélia, Tianie told us:
I love the costumes and it’s really great working with the professionals. I’m excited for my family to come and see me performing at the Plaza.
Mum Claire Grainger said:
I am incredibly proud of all the work Tianie puts in. She seems to take it all in her stride and still finds the time to focus on school work. I’m delighted with her progress.
Rehearsals at Stockport Grammar
In the run up to the show, English Youth Ballet have been using facilities at Stockport Grammar for rehearsals at weekends and during the school holidays
Tianie’s fellow year four pupils will have the opportunity to see her on stage when they are guests at the Friday matinee performance of the show.