4 Tuesday September 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Young dancers in The Nutcracker • By Ashleigh Monk FIVE ST Andrew’s College students will be dreaming of sugar plum fairies after scoring parts in the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker. Eilish John, Jai Bartlett, Kate McFerran, Charlotte Brown and Anja Sander are part of the school’s ballet academy and will feature in the show at the Isaac Theatre Royal from November 22. Eilish, 11, and Jai, 12, said they were “so excited” to have the opportunity to dance alongside some of the country’s best ballerinas. “We got sent along to do an audition, and then maybe about a month later you either got an email saying ‘sorry you haven’t made it’ or ‘you made it’,” Eilish said. “We got the email to say we’d made it and it was brilliant,” Jai said. Jai has been learning ballet since he was four-years-old. “I always liked dancing to music as a child, whether that be with my mum or just alone,” he said. “I started doing ballet before coming to St Andrew’s, but as soon as the ballet programme opened in 2011 I jumped straight in. I think I was the ‘naughty duckling’ for one of my first performances there.” Eilish joined the St Andrew’s College Ballet Academy four years ago. “I had just moved to Christchurch and was a bit nervous about everything, and I wanted to try some new things. So when ballet came up I thought I’d give it a go, and I fell in love with it,” she said. The pair practised for hours each week and both played parts in last year’s school production of The Nutcracker. 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