Ballet beauties take to the stage

2016-09-06 06:00
 Mia Neethling  PHOTO: YVONNE LUDEN

Mia Neethling PHOTO: YVONNE LUDEN

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Two young Camps Bay ballerinas will be taking to the stage with top dancers.

Mia Neethling and Nina Mercorio will be dancing in The Sleeping Beauty, alongside local prima ballerinas Laura Bosenberg, Cleo Ames and Angela Hansford.

The two pupils of Camps Bay High will appear in the “Gala Dance” in Act 2.

Neethling has been dancing ballet since she was three years old.

“I’ve always loved dancing and watching shows. I’m so happy and grateful (to have been cast in The Sleeping Beauty). I’ve acheived more than I ever thought I would,” she says.

Neethling dances with the Cape Junior Ballet, which often supplies young dancers to the Cape Town City Ballet for productions.

Mercorio, who is an independent student and not affliated to any studio, has also loved ballet since she was three, when she first watched Barbie in the Nutcracker.

“I put on my mom’s pointe shoes and started dancing,” she recalls.

It was only a few years later that Mercorio started classes and her love for ballet has only grown.

Both dance for at least and hour and a half every day, with Neethling often dancing from 08:00 to 16:00 on a Saturday.

They have both been rehearsing for The Sleeping Beauty since June.

“It’s hectic, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. It teaches you to deal with stress,” Neethling says.

Both young ballerinas dream of dancing overseas and filling the pointe shoes of prima ballerinas one day.

V The Sleeping Beauty will run until Sunday 18 September at Artscape. Ticket prices from R90 to R300 and can be booked through Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 769.

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