Sleeping Beauty visits young patients

Published Tuesday, 15 April 2014
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The young patients at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children had a special visit from Sleeping Beauty on Tuesday.

Sleeping Beauty visits young patients
Sleeping Beauty performs st the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. (© UTV)

The principal dancers from the English Youth Ballet's production of the classic fairy tale met with the children and performed a section from the show, which is opening at the Grand Opera House later this month.

The young audience also got the chance to meet with the dancers and ask questions about what it is like to be a professional Sleeping Beauty.

Company Director, Janet Lewis, told UTV: "We're all about giving opportunities and working with children.

"We felt like we wanted to introduce the ballet to the children to inspire them, give them some enjoyment and...to show them at close quarters how ballet dancers work."

The English Youth Ballet visit hospitals in every city they travel to, donating funds collected from the audiences at its shows.

Last year the company raised over £15,000 for eight Children's Hospitals in England and are hoping to raise up to £2,000 during their visit to Belfast.

The hospital's Play Development Coordinator Jenny McDonald said the children were delighting with their special guests, adding: "We haven't had ballet (on the ward) before but ...the kids were totally absorbed.

"I think the male dancer gets the rough end of the stick because everybody's looking at the ballerina and her lovely costume - it was great fun."

© UTV News
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