South Lakes dancers selected for Lord of the Flies show

Fergus Clavey

Fergus Clavey

First published in News

TWO South Lakeland teenagers have been selected from 600 hopefuls to star in a dance production of ‘Lord of the Flies’ at Salford’s Lowry theatre.

Ferghas Clavey, 16, from Kendal and Elliott Bousfield, 19, from Arnside, are two of the 24 young dancers chosen as part of The Lowry’s outreach project to find the best new dance talent in the North West.

They have joined 22 other young men and boys to perform alongside professionals from the New Adventures dance company on the Lowry’s largest stage.

Queen Katherine School A level student Ferghas is a member of the Lowry’s Centre for Advanced Training and started dancing five years ago.

“I started by going to lessons at the Brewery with my little brother,” said Ferghas.

“At first I thought it was just cool but then I started thinking seriously about doing it as a career.”

Ferghas was chosen for ‘Lord of the Flies’ after attending one of the project’s workshops.

“I was really excited when I got the news but I wasn’t expecting it so I was a bit overwhelmed.”

Elliott, who started dancing when he was 16, is studying Physical Education and School Sport at Edge Hill University, near Ormskirk.

He said: “I started lessons at Lamata in Arnside because I want to be a PE teacher and was told dance was a good skill to have.

“I started doing tap and then moved on to contemporary when I did my A Levels.

“I just enjoyed it a lot and got into it more and more - I like the sense of freedom dance gives you.”

‘Lord of the Flies’ is on at The Lowry from April 2-5.

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