FIVE talented dancers will have their dreams come true as they perform in a stage show adaptation of Swan Lake.

Three girls and two women who train at the Janet Lomas School of Dancing in Bury have been cast for a Birmingham Royal Ballet performance.

The group will take to the stage at the Birmingham Hippodrome as they star in Swan Lake Dreams this weekend.

Appearing in the show are three of the Bury dance school’s junior students, Miley Sharpe and Sophie Leong, both aged 10, and Emily Teixeira, aged 11. The young dancers were cast as three of only 16 ‘little swans’ in the production.

Alongside the children, two 'Silver Swans' from the Janet Lomas School of Dancing’s over 55s ballet classes were also cast in the production. Linda Pickup, aged 57 from Great Harwood, has been chosen to dance as one of four ‘ladies in waiting’ and a ‘court lady’. And Fiona Jack, aged 59 from Blackburn, will perform the solo part of the Queen. Fiona will dance alongside professional Alexander Yap, who takes the role of her son, the Prince.

Ballet teacher Johanna Hadley said: "I couldn’t be prouder of them all. I watched their rehearsal in Birmingham last week and all of my students, the cast and professional dancers were just fantastic — it’s going to be a wonderful performance.”

The students from the school, who train at Blackford Bridge United Reformed Church in Manchester Road, auditioned for their places in September last year.

Hundreds of people put themselves forward for the auditions which were held over two weekends at the Birmingham Royal Ballet studios.

They saw the five dancers take part in a ballet class and perform repertoire from Swan Lake in front of a panel of professionals.

Since receiving the news that they had been successful in October, the group has travelled to Birmingham for weekly rehearsals and intensive weekend practices, receiving training from former professional Birmingham Royal Ballet company dancers, Rachel Hester and Jenny Murphy.

Swan Lake Dreams is a fully-staged production, complete with costumes, special effects and stage sets from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s full production of Swan Lake.

For the first time, the show will be accompanied by live music, provided by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra.

The five dancers will share the stage with the company’s world-class dancers who take on the leading roles – Alys Shee as Odette/Odile, Alexander Yap as Siegfried and Rory Mackay as the evil Baron von Rothbart.

The performance will be Sunday, February 23.