Duchy Ballet returns to the Hall for Cornwall for the seventeenth year with an entirely new choreography of a much loved fairy tale, Cinderella.
Our choreographer, Terence Etheridge, has been responsible for the creation of all of our classical ballets including 'The Nutcracker', 'Swan Lake', 'Coppelia' and 'Giselle'. He has also choreographed many of our one act pieces, which include 'Peter and the Wolf', 'Stepping out to Gershwin', 'The Mousehole Cat' and 'Aurora’s Wedding'.
In all of these ballets, he has shown great skill in displaying the talents of young dancers and adapting the choreography to their age and abilities. 'Cinderella' is no exception.
As always, Duchy Ballet aims to entertain as well as to educate: our young dancers are performing alongside adult professionals, providing them with the opportunity to experience life within a professional dance company all within their home setting of Cornwall. This year Duchy Ballet welcomes Sara and Jonathan Barton, a brother and sister duo, who have previously danced with the company in 'Coppelia', 'Swan Lake' and 'Stepping Out to Gershwin'. Their enthusiasm for dance and commitment to supporting young people in the early stages of their dance careers makes it a pleasure to see them again.
Genée medallist, Sara-Maria Barton, has had contracts with all of the major British ballet companies: The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Scottish Ballet. She trained at Ballet West and has danced principal roles in all of the company’s productions. She also guests regularly in the UK, Europe and USA.
Her film credits include Rob Roy with Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange and Mrs Brown with Billy Connolly and Dame Judi Dench. She has appeared on numerous television programmes and has danced in MTV music videos. She has been featured in magazines in the UK and USA, including Hello, Vanity Fair and most recently, Vernal, Portrait and Dreamingless Magazines.
She was appointed Assistant Artistic Director of the Ballet West performing company in 2013 but continues to enjoy teaching, particularly coaching students for competitions including Prix de Lausanne, Genée International, Phyllis Bedell’s and the Molly Lake Award. Her excellent teaching skills are also employed with Ballet West’s outreach and Aspiring Professionals’ programmes, and further afield with guest teaching appointments in the UK and the USA.
In 2010 she toured China, performing The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Juliet in Romeo & Juliet in 2011. In 2012 she performed Odette/Odile in Ballet West’s Swan Lake. She was partnered by Michael Bearden from Ballet West Utah. Following that, she was invited to partner with him in the USA. This was her first performance in her home country since moving to the UK in 1990.
Sara-Maria is very enthusiastic and passionate about her new role as a Creative Director. She is enjoying working in collaboration with photographer Ryan Davies, to create beautiful images and film work with dancers in some of the most stunning locations around Scotland and England.
Having recently finished performing Juliet in Ballet West’s new production of Romeo & Juliet, Sara-Maria is excited to return to Duchy Ballet and create the role of Cinderella with choreographer Terrence Etheridge!
Jonathan Barton was trained at Ballet West and went on to work with English National Ballet and as a guest artist for numerous companies at home and abroad. During his time as a student at Ballet West he was awarded the Solo Seal of the Royal Academy of Dance and won a bronze medal in the Genée International Ballet Competition. After English National Ballet, he returned to Ballet West as a senior principal dancer and has danced all the major classical male roles with the company. For Ballet West’s two extensive tours of China He performed the roles of the Prince & Arabian in “The Nutcracker” and Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet”.
In recent years he worked with Richard Eyre and Viviana Durante in creating a brand new ballet based on the film “Truly, Madly, Deeply” and toured as Ballet Master for Vienna Festival Ballet for their production of Sleeping Beauty.
Jonathan has also had a number of commercial contracts including an Irn Bru commercial, movement model for a video game and the male dancer in a music video for Slam, shown on MTV and at T in the Park.
Jonathan also teaches Ballet West's Aspiring Professionals' course in Glasgow and has been invited to teach courses such as the RAD Senior Awards Day competition and the RAD Boys Only DAY, Scotland's largest gathering of male dancers. He continues to coach students for all the major ballet competitions including the Prix de Lausanne and the Genee International Ballet Competition.
In 2010 Jonathan was appointed Vice Principal of the Ballet West School.
Cavalier & Lead Entertainer. Owen is currently studying at Ballet West, Scotland and is in his 2nd year. Owen has appeared in three Duchy Ballet productions, 2004’s Swan Lake, 2011’s The Nutcracker and 2012’s Giselle and Jubilation! where he performed solo & leading roles.
Owen began dancing when he was 9 years old. He was trained in Cornwall by Nicola Brice and Terence Etheridge, and in Devon at the Totnes School of Dance. He also has danced for two seasons with National Youth Ballet at Sadler’s Wells & danced with the Cornwall Youth Dance Company. On completion of his academic studies he began training at Ballet West in September 2013, and has recently toured in Ballet West’s 2014 Scottish tour of Swan Lake and the 2015 production of Romeo & Juliet, in which he appeared as Tybalt and performed ‘The Dance of the Mandolins’.
Whilst at Ballet West he has also gained his RAD Advanced 2 Ballet. On completion of his training next year he hopes to become a professional dancer. Owen is very excited to be returning to Cornwall and performing with Duchy Ballet again.