Exeter College Students Selected for Prestigious Dance Roles

Exeter College news article

Date: Friday 14 June 2019

Two current dance students from Exeter College have been selected to perform in the latest adaptation of world renowned choreographer, Matthew Bourne’s, latest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth.  

Ella Roberts and Jess Tarrant were selected from thousands that auditioned to be two out of six young dancers chosen from across the Southwest, they joined the young cast in production from 4-8 June 2019 at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. 

Both Ella and Jess are currently studying full-time vocational dance courses at Exeter College and both are progressing to further dance training at renowned dance conservatoires. Ella is also managing this production, alongside her commitments to the National Youth Dance Company and attending Swindon Dance Centre for Advanced Training. 

The search began in April 2018 with a call-out for the next generation of young dancers currently in training aged between 16 and 19. Attracting over 1,000 applications and following a UK-wide audition tour, six Young Cast members at each venue will perform alongside the New Adventures company. This unique opportunity will nurture and develop young talent with a view to them embarking on a career in dance. 

In addition, Exeter College dance student alumnus Sharol Mackenzie, who went on to study at the Rambert School, joins the main cast. Read more about Sharol in our recent edition of EXE, the magazine for Exeter College Alumni and Friends.   

Exeter College Dance Lecturer, Emma Wyke said:

We were delighted that Ella and Jess took up the opportunity to audition for Matthew Bourne's new production 'Romeo and Juliet', to become part of their Young Cast.  

Both students demonstrate exceptional technical and performance skills, and thoroughly deserve this opportunity.”  

As part of ‘New Adventures’ ambition to support the next generation of on-stage talent, and inspired by the success of Lord of the Flies in 2014, which combined professional dancers and young men with little or no dance experience, Romeo and Juliet, featured the finest emerging male and female dancers from around the UK.  

If you are thinking about studying a Performing Arts course with us, you can read through our available courses here and apply online here

If you would like more information on any of courses, please call our college advice team on 01392 400500. 

We recently opened a ‘New York’ style glass fronted Dance Studio – creating an inspirational environment for dance and performance. Read more about it here.  

Photo above: The young cast for Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Photo by James Elston. 


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