A 17-year-old from Bicester is set to perform alongside international dancers in a English Youth Ballet (EYB) performance.

Dancer Lucy Mitchell was selected in March to join the 90-member cast of EYB's production of Sleeping Beauty.

She attends Blessed George Napier School in Banbury and Victoria Hill School of Ballet, which offers classes throughout Oxfordshire.

She and her fellow performers were selected through auditions on stage at The Wycombe Swan in March, which featured more than 150 young dancers.

They took part in a full ballet class on the stage and the successful auditionees found out they had been selected on the day of the audition.

English Youth Ballet principals Ann Wall and Joshua WebbEnglish Youth Ballet principals Ann Wall and Joshua Webb (Image: English Youth Ballet)

They are now in rehearsals, which will last 60 hours over 10 days, for the upcoming performance at the Wycombe Swan Theatre from August 9 to August 10.

The production will comprise three performances and promises to offer traditional aspects while incorporating new elements.

It will include six international principal dancers and will serve as a platform to showcase the talents of 90 young performers.

EYB director, Janet Lewis, said: "English Youth Ballet’s aim is to provide performance experience to aspiring young dancers in beautiful venues close to where they live.

"The young dancers get to experience what life is like in a professional ballet company.

Lucy MitchellLucy Mitchell (Image: Ben Garner)

"They learn about developing their artistic and performance skills as well as improving their technique.

"I am always amazed at how quickly the young dancers progress and how positive they are when presented with new challenges."

EYB principal, Ann Wall, will be starring as Aurora in the production.

She said: "Being part of EYB is an amazing experience for any young dancer.

"I feel privileged to be a principal dancer with the company.

"I enjoy teaching and coaching all the young dancers and I see some of the most talented young dancers in the country.

"I feel honoured to be a role model to the dancers and help give them an insight into the world of professional ballet.

"Dancing with EYB is an experience that will stay with the young dancers forever."

Tickets for English Youth Ballet’s performance of Sleeping Beauty can be bought by calling 0343 310 0060 or by visiting the theatre's website.

EYB previously won The Stage Award for special achievement in regional theatre.

Sell-out audiences are treated to beautiful international principal artists sharing the stage with the top up-and-coming young talent from the local area.

There are now ex-EYB young performers in some of the world’s best companies – including the Royal Ballet.