London calling student dancer to choreograph for Royal Opera House performance

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A Bedford schoolgirl has earned a place among just eight young dancers to choreograph a dance that will be performed at the Royal Opera House in London.

Niamh Milligan, 16, was chosen from hundreds of young hopefuls from around the country to become a Young Creative, with Youth Dance England.

The Bedford Free School pupil said the selection process began with a day-long audition at the Ballet Rambert, in London.

She said: “This will be my first time as a choreographer. I’ve done some choreography in my classes and at school, but nothing on this scale.

“The dance can be any style, and mine will be contemporary.”

To help with inspiration and practical side of creating a piece, Niamh will attend several training sessions with professional dancers, musicians and costume designers.

She joined a skills-boosting course at the Royal Opera House earlier this month, and is going on a five-day residential course with The Royal Ballet over Easter, before her dance is performed in the Clore Theatre, in April.

Niamh, who hopes to become a professional dancer, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and will help build me up for greater dance schools.”