Rose and its admirer are stars of the show

THE second set of performances by performers taking part in the Espinosa Dance Project was staged over the weekend.

The shows on Saturday and Sunday included acclaimed dancers from the English National Ballet and Royal Ballet.

Natasha Chung and Lloyd Petchey peform the tango.

Natasha Chung and Lloyd Petchey peform the tango.

They took part in the show at the Espinosa Chute Dance Centre in Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted, alongside the dancers using the centre to hone their skills.

They included Natasha Chung, 21, from Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, and Lloyd Petchey, 18, from Alldicks Road, Hemel Hempstead.

The pair performed Le Spectre de la Rose, where a lady falls asleep after her first ball and dreams of dancing with the rose she had been holding.

The dream ends when the rose escapes and is blown out of the window.

Natasha, who has performed as a backing dancer for Beyonce, told the Gazette she has struggled through many injuries, including ankle operations, during her years of dancing.

But she said: “I love performing and have always wanted to dance.”

Centre director Corinna Chute said: “All these dancers go through these terrible injuries at some time and how they cope with them is never to give up.”

Lloyd said: “I have always wanted to be a dancer. Not many boys want to do it – but it requires great skill and agility and is great for your body.

“But the costumes can be a bit tight to squeeze into – especially considering the rose costume I had to use is actually Yat-Sen’s.”

Lloyd and Natasha are two of the six students being taught by Yat-Sen Chang at the centre.

The 40-year-old was a solo dancer for the English National Ballet for 18 years, and is providing the training – which will last for at least three months – for free.

The idea is that the training – to include six public shows at the centre and a possible ballet tour at the end – will help them launch their careers.

Ms Chute says it can be hard for dancers to get their first job after leaving school and her centre will help keep them in training in that time.

She says her centre can help introduce them to key players in the ballet world.

The weekend’s performances included pas de deux duets and solos from well-known ballets including La Sylphide, Giselle and La Suite of Le Corsaire, and new choreographic works like ‘le jazz hot’.

> See a video of Lloyd’s dance with Natasha at www.hemeltoday.co.uk