Multi-talented Bradwell girl faced a difficult - but exciting - choice
- Credit: Nick Butcher
It was a difficult, but exciting decision for a nine-year-old to make.
On the one hand, Maddison Parrot, from Bradwell could have chosen to compete at the Rollerskating British Championships.
While on the other she could have performed with English Youth Ballet (EYB) in a professional production of The Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal in Norwich.
In the end the multi-talented youngster, who goes to Hillside Primary School in Lord's Lane, Great Yarmouth, decided to take the opportunity to perform at the ballet.
She said it was a hard decision to make and she was gutted she had to miss the championships.
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'I chose EYB because it was a professional ballet company because I have always wanted to be part of it,' Maddison said, adding: 'I can't wait to perform on a big stage and it is a famous stage. There will loads of people watching.
'In Sleeping Beauty I'm in the Cats Dance and I'm learning pirouettes which I'm enjoying but it's a little bit hard.'
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She will be appearing in the performances alongside international principal dancers this weekend.
Maddison studies dancing at The Dancers School in Church Lane, Yarmouth and she trains for her rollerskating at Retroskate.
She started artistic skating and ballet when she was five-years-old and she did her first competition a year later.
She added: 'My best moves in skating are probably the arabesques, toe grabs and the spins. I just love how hard it is but it is fun and exciting as well.
'My ballet helps my skating with posture and flexibility and my skating helps the ballet with timing and performance and with the jumps.'