Bright young stars of the future
Southern Youth Ballet was founded by Liz Buckland in 1996 to enable young dancers in the southeast of England to perform in cameo productions of full-length classical Ballets, and original works. Since then, the Company has presented The Nutcracker, Coppelia, La Fille mal Gardée, Aurora’s Wedding and original ballets including The House at Pooh Corner, which was danced at a gala performance at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, presented by Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Southern Youth Ballet now has 50 young dancers aged from eight years. The Company is grateful to all teachers for their help and encouragement in giving permission for students to dance in these productions. Younger members of the Company have appeared twice with Northern Ballet Theatre in Great Expectations and Romeo and Juliet.
Since its formation in 1996, Southern Youth Ballet has been based in Eastbourne, East Sussex, Great Britain.
Liz Buckland, Artistic Director
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Trained at Bush Davies Theatre School under Noreen Bush. A principal dancer and actress, she has also choreographed and danced on television.
A Floor manager for BBC Television, she has worked in Northern Ireland and BBC South in Southampton.
She continued to teach classical ballet during that time, and founded Southern Youth Ballet in 1996.
The Company now has young dancers from East and West Sussex, Kent and Surrey, and its own professional full orchestra.
Lorena Perez, Choreographer
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Born in Madrid, she finished her dancing studies at the Spanish Conservatoire with Honours. She came to England when London Studio Centre offered her a two-year scholarship. She danced with Vienna Festival Ballet for three years performing soloist roles such as Swan Lake: Pas de Trois (Act I), Cygnets (Act II) and Spanish Princesses (Act III); Coppelia: Swanilda’s friends.
She joined Southern Youth Ballet in 1996 as a guest soloist and has performed principal roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy, Swanilda; Lise in La Fille mal Gardée and Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. A few years later Lorena started coaching the advanced dancers of the company and she has also become one of the producers and chorerographers.
Philippa Jarrett, Choreographer
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Philippa also trained at Bush Davies Theatre School under Noreen Bush and Bridget Espinosa.
After finishing her training, she went to Europe and joined the Ballet de Flandre and undertook teacher training which she then completed at the Jarrett School of Dance in Brussels.
Philippa spent many years dancing, teaching and choreographing for Ballets at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Gent Opera House.
She now lives in Guildford in Surrey, where she teaches dance at Guildford College.