TEENAGE dancer Darcey Goddard fulfilled her dream of dancing in Swan Lake.

The 15-year-old from Peatmoor, took to the stage last Friday and Saturday in the English Youth Ballet's production of Swan Lake in Cardiff.

"It was just amazing to be dancing on stage with professionals," said Darcey.

"Swan Lake is something I’ve always wanted to do, so it’s a big achievement for me," she added.

Darcey, who attends the Estelle School of Dance in Swindon, danced as part of the corps de ballet - the group of dancers who portray the flock swans around the lead character Odette.

"It was really, really good, said Darcey. "It couldn’t have gone any better.

"I was just thinking about making sure everything was right, my arms were right and my feet were doing what I wanted them to.

"I didn't want to do anything wrong as that would have been embarrassing."

The dancer, who takes her inspiration from the retired professional ballerina Darcey Bussell, completed three performances in total.

"The only thing was that I got injured. I bruised my toenail somehow, and I actually had to get one of the professionals to tape it up for me. And then I was able to dance on it.

"It was really, really painful, but it was honestly worth it."

Darcey continued: " I love ballet because it’s a way to express yourself and I also love performing in front of people."