Lydia puts her best feet forward

Lydia Mackett, 11, from Gosport, who has got through an audition with the English Youth Ballet to take part in a professional EYB production.
Lydia Mackett, 11, from Gosport, who has got through an audition with the English Youth Ballet to take part in a professional EYB production.
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BEING born partially deaf was never going to stop this youngster from becoming a top dancer.

Lydia Mackett has sailed through an audition with the English Youth Ballet for a part in its next production.

The 11-year-old, from Gosport, is now living the life of a professional ballet dancer, taking part in a rigorous rehearsal schedule before the company’s performance of Coppelia next month.

Lydia, of Bittern Close, said: ‘I like ballet dancing because it’s a great experience.

‘Hopefully being chosen by the English Youth Ballet means I’m a great dancer.

‘I’m looking forward to the production and I can’t wait to get on the stage where I like to perform.’

Lydia has been taking ballet lessons at the Dorothy Temple School of Dance in Bridgemary since she was three.

She was then diagnosed as partially deaf at the age of four.

Her mum Debra said: ‘She’s always dancing, even if she is just walking down the street.

‘She’s partially deaf so this means so much to her because it makes life a bit difficult for her in other ways.

‘We were excited when she got the part.

‘She struggles at school a bit and it means she’s a bit behind some of the other kids in her class.

‘I’m proud of her and I get excited about seeing her on the stage.’

Lydia will be taking part in the English Youth Ballet’s production of Coppelia at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking.

She will share the stage with some of the youth company’s most well-known international artists.

Coppelia is a love story about a village youth who falls in love with a lifelike doll.

Debra, 34, added: ‘She has been given a part in The Nutcracker when it comes to the Kings Theatre in Southsea as well.

‘She’s excited about that but it’s a lot of hard work for her because the two shows are practically back-to-back.

‘It means lots of rehearsals but she enjoys it so that’s fine for her.’

Lydia is going through an 11-day intensive rehearsal at a dance school in Surrey to prepare herself for the show, which opens on September 2.

The Nutcracker, at the Kings Theatre in Southsea, runs from October 4.