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Alumna, Beth Meadway on tour with Giselle

Beth Meadway
Beth Meadway

In 2013 at the age of sixteen, Beth left Hymers to pursue professional training at the Central School of Ballet, where she gained a BA Hons Degree in Professional Dance and Performance.

During her time there she was fortunate to travel to New York for an exchange programme with another prestigious ballet school, which proved to be a valuable and enjoyable experience. After graduating she trained at Northern Ballet where she gained experience working alongside the company. It was during that year that she was offered a professional contract with Ballet Cymru (Ballet Wales).

She has danced a variety of roles including 'Juliet', 'Cinderella', 'Helena' from A Midsummer Night's Dream and currently the lead in the 2021 touring production of Giselle. She has very fond memories of being at Hymers and feels grateful that she was encouraged to pursue a career in the arts.

It's been a difficult year touring with Covid restrictions, many days of rehearsals have been lost due to PCR testing and covid cases in the company but she says it has been lovely to see people return to the theatre and feels greatful that she has the chance to be on stage again when there are so many dancers and companies still recovering from the impact of Covid. She has recently performed a new Triple Bill at Sadlers Wells Lylian Baylis Theatre which featured performing alongside Welsh icon Cerys Matthews who spoke live poetry of Dylan Thomas. The current tour of Giselle is coming to an end with only two performances left. But lookout for the next tour which will be starting May 2022!

She says: "My job, although it can be really tiring and stressful at times, still doesn't feel like a job. Something I loved to do as a hobby is now an enjoyable and rewarding career.

 https://welshballet.co.uk

 

Dance Europe have recently featured a piece on Ballet Cymru including an interview with Beth below. 

https://youtu.be/SLmm5Tj9O6s

 

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