A real lift as ballet dancers drop in to thrill poorly patients on Lister Hospital’s children’s ward

Principal dancers from English Youth Ballet Brenden Bratulic and Adele Robbins on the Bluebell child

Principal dancers from English Youth Ballet Brenden Bratulic and Adele Robbins on the Bluebell childrens ward with L-R health play specialist Stacey Slattery, Ellie Newell, 12, Angela, 5 and Gerry Pluck, and Jamie-Lee Reynalds - Credit: Archant

Poorly young patients at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital’s were treated to the spins and lifts of English Youth Ballet stars who are bringing Sleeping Beauty to the town this week.

Principal dancers from English Youth Ballet Brenden Bratulic and Adele Robbins on the Bluebell child

Principal dancers from English Youth Ballet Brenden Bratulic and Adele Robbins on the Bluebell childrens ward with Harmony Hill, 10 - Credit: Archant

Company director Janet Lewis and principal dancers Adele Robbins and Brenden Bratulic wowed the children with a quick warm up, a brief history of the dance as well as a sneak peek at the show, which will also feature scores of talented young North Herts dancers.

Little Angela Pluck, five, leaped at the chance to be lifted by dancer Brenden.

Angela has a muscle disorder and struggles with coordination and mum Gerry Pluck thinks ballet could give her a boost. She said: “it would be great for her to help strengthen and tone muscle.”

Harmony Hill, 10, couldn’t join the other patients because she is being treated in isolation, but she managed to watch through the glass of the ward doors and was mesmerised by the dancers.

Principal dancers from English Youth Ballet Brenden Bratulic and Adele Robbins warm up in the Bluebe

Principal dancers from English Youth Ballet Brenden Bratulic and Adele Robbins warm up in the Bluebell childrens ward - Credit: Archant

The English Youth Ballet production of Sleeping Beauty opened at the Gordon Craig Theatre last night and there are further performances tonight, Friaday, and Saturday.

Angela Pluck, aged five, is lifted by principal dancer from English Youth Ballet Brenden Bratulic

Angela Pluck, aged five, is lifted by principal dancer from English Youth Ballet Brenden Bratulic - Credit: Archant

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