Two young dancers are preparing for their parts in a full-length ballet to be staged next week.
Emily and Isobel Jenkins, 15 and 12, who attend the Buckhurst Hill and Woodford School of Dancing, are due to perform in the Chelmsford Ballet Company’s production of Coppelia from March 13 to 16.
The Roding Valley High School pupils, of Chequers Road, Loughton, The sisters have been attending the dance school, which holds lessons in Buckhurst Hill High Road and Inmans Row, Woodford Green, since they were three.
They auditioned for the company in 2010 and have also danced in a show based on the stories of Beatrix Potter in 2011 and the ballet Napoli, about a fisherman, last year.
Emily said: "Joining The Chelmsford Ballet Company and being part of its shows has really given me a taste of life as a professional dancer.
"The costumes we get to wear are amazing and although the rehearsals are long, hard work and tiring, the moment the curtain goes up makes it all worth it."
Isobel said: "I am looking forward to being in Coppelia because I love performing on stage and wearing the beautiful costumes.
"It's not a show. It's a real ballet and I love it."
Tickets for Coppelia, which will be performed at The Civic Theatre in Chelmsford, are available by calling 01245 606505 or visiting www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres.