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Home / Latest News / Nathan Blake’s daughter steps into the spotlight with her own footwork

Nathan Blake’s daughter steps into the spotlight with her own footwork

Her dad was famed for his  no-nonsense approach on the  pitch for Cardiff City.

But now Nathan Blake’s  teenage daughter is set to  win her own plaudits for her  fancy footwork on the ballet  stage.

Aspiring dancer Olivia, 14,  who trained from the age of  three at the Charlotte May  Academy, has been offered a  leading role in the English  Youth Ballet’s production of  Giselle, which is coming to  Cardiff later this month.

The youngster won her  role after auditioning  alongside 200 other children  in March. Of those, 100 were  selected for the full-length  production of Giselle, with  Olivia chosen to dance the  soloist role of Moyna in the  ghostly love story.

Proud dad Nathan, 41,  a columnist on WalesOnline, said: “They say that a lot of  the moves in football are  similar to those of a ballet  dancer – especially if you see  it in slow motion.

“It was no surprise to me  when we took Olivia along to  ballet that she was very good  at what she was doing. 

“We always thought she  was very naturally elegant.  Above all, she has really  maintained an interest in it  and really loves it.”

Olivia added: “At our first  rehearsal we had an audition  for the two soloists. I was  very nervous but it went well  and I couldn’t believe it  when Miss Lewis told me  that I had been chosen to  dance a solo. I was really  happy and I told my dad as  soon as I got home.”

The English Youth  Ballet’s production of  Giselle is at the New Theatre, Cardiff, on July 26  and 27.

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