All about Eve
When I read this story in a local newspaper, I felt I had to do something.
Here was a young dancer in distress. Eve Elliott was so upset by what had happened that she was ready to give up the ballet classes that she loved. And we couldn’t have that, so I rang some people I thought might be able to help.
Two days later I met Eve at the stage door of the Royal Opera House. She and her mum, Lara, had come by coach from Hereford. Backstage, we met talented young dancer Solomon Golding, who told Eve about his own journey from a council estate in Tottenham to the Royal Ballet.
“It’s hard work” Solomon told Eve. “But if you keep going, and you’re good enough, you’ll make it”
Our next stop was a rehearsal studio, where Eve met principal dancer Sarah Lamb, who was working on a pas de deux with up-and-coming soloist Tristan Dyer.
Eve was thrilled when Sarah gave her a signed pair of pointe shoes.
After a backstage tour, during which Eve saw Edward Watson rehearsing, and Marianela Nuñez stopped for a quick chat, it was back to the stage door, where Eve ran into her third star ballerina of the day, Lauren Cuthbertson, who had just come in with a pair of tutus.
This tutu was still a little on the big side, but maybe, one day…
Later, waiting for the coach home with her mum, Eve has the proof that it wasn’t all a dream.
So many, many thanks to the Royal Ballet for putting a smile back on the face of this very special young dancer, and for rekindling her ballet dreams.
(Thanks also to my daughter Laura for taking the pics, except for the last one which is by Lara Evans, Eve’s mum).