Published: November 19, 2013
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MEET THE RISING STAR...
RYE-LLEWELLYN CARPENTER

Meet SBF Member, Rye-Llewellyn Carpenter, from Manchester,UK, who at the early age of nine proudly attended a Summer Course at the renowned Royal Ballet School. Subsequently she trained from the age of eleven at The Hammond School, in Chester and from sixteen at the Northern Ballet School in Manchester.
In 2011 she made her professional debut as a dancer with Jean Ann Ryan Productions, sailing with the prestigious Regent Seven Seas Cruises. This found Rye expanding her artistic skills into new fields, performing also as a Singer, and doing Aerial work, Hand Web and Hoop.
In 2012 she joined Bonheur at the Lido de Paris, as a Bluebell Dancer!
This alone represents a dream come true for Rye, but what makes it even more remarkable is that she has actually set an unprecedented record in the history of the Lido. Rye, in fact, is the first and, so far, only case in the world famous Parisian Corps de Ballet, of being a 2nd Generation Bluebell with both parents as former Lido dancers: Principal Dancer, Rachel Davies and Kelly Boy Dancer, Eric Carpenter.
Obviously, SBF could not allow such a talented, determined and persistent young girl pass unnoticed to all SBF Members, so please read on this interview to find out about Rye's amazingly rising career... and look out for a "double surprise" at the bottom!!!
Rye-Llewellyn Carpenter

Quote ...It was my idea to audition for the Lido. It has always been something I aspired to achieve in my career...
Rye at the bar
courtesy of Roch Valley Dancewear
2010
  • How old were you when you started dancing and what or who inspired you to take it up?
    Rye-Llewellyn Carpenter: I have danced for as long as I can remember. I have baby videos and photos of me dressing up and putting on shows for my family. My parents have always been my inspiration, in everything that I do. I have always wanted to make them proud and I like to think I have done.

  • When did you actually start to think that you Las Vegas
Rye, age 2
1994 could have a professional dancing career?
    RLC: Dancing has always been what I wanted to do. I started to take it seriously when I went to the Royal Ballet School's Summer Course. I was about 9 years old and I fell in love with being in class everyday. I had to beg my parents to let me audition for vocational schools. Of course it was a big deal for them to let their baby leave the nest, but being the supportive parents they are, they let me audition and move away to join The Hammond School when I was 11. I guess that is when I started to think of dancing as a future career.

    Chester, The Hammond School
Street production
Rye (far right) with cast members/school mates Becky Vince (far left) and Kelsie-Rae Marshall (back centre). 
2008





  • Was it your idea or your parents' to audition for the present Lido's show Bonheur?
    RLC: It was my idea to audition for the Lido. It has always been something I aspired to achieve in my career.

    Paris, Lido de Paris
Panache
Rye's parents, 'Kelly Boy' Eric Carpenter & 'Principal Bluebell Dancer' Rachel Davies Carpenter
1988





  • You are the only Bluebell to date, to have had both parents who have also worked at The Lido. Knowing this, do you feel more pressure?
    Quote ...I see it as a privilege following in my parents footsteps and I'm proud to share with people at work that my parents also worked at Lido...
    RLC: I do put pressure on myself, but that doesn't come from my parents and it doesn't come from anyone within Lido. I put pressure on myself to work hard and do a good job. I always have done and I think I always will do. I see it as a privilege following in my parents footsteps and I'm proud to share with people at work that my parents also worked at Lido.

  • How important has the support of your own family been in making your dream a reality?
    RLC: My family are incredibly supportive. They have always been there for me. Paris, Lido de Paris
Bonheur, Rye in the 'India' tableau
2013

  • Because you were following in your parents' footsteps, were you confident when you went for the audition, or was it very nerve-wracking for you?
    RLC: Yes, I was nervous for my audition for Lido. It was important to me to do well. I didn't think I would get the job, so I was over the moon when the audition was a success!

  • How long have you been in Bonheur and what is your role there?
    RLC: I joined Lido in September 2012 and I have a fixed spot in the Bluebell line.

  • How does it feel to be part of Bonheur at the renowned Lido in Paris?
    RLC: I am proud to be part of the company at Lido de Paris. I feel very lucky and I am grateful. Paris, Lido de Paris
Bonheur
Rye in rehearsal with Dane Erbacher
2013













  • How much rehearsal time do you put in each week?
    RLC: We have rehearsals every month. Our dance captain is on stage with us every night and if she spots anything she will come and go over it with us. That way as a group we stay clean and work well together.

    Quote ...I am proud to be part of the company at Lido de Paris. I feel very lucky and I am grateful...
  • What is your favourite part of the show?
    RLC: My favourite part of the show is the whole India section. I think with the Temple and the Elephant, the set is the most impressive. However I also love the Finale, for me it is the most glamorous part of the show.

  • What is your favourite costume and why?
    Quote ...My parents have always been my inspiration, in everything that I do. I have always wanted to make them proud and I like to think I have done ...
    RLC: It is difficult for me to choose a favourite costume, but I think I would say the Finale costume or Cabaret. I also love the opening Birds costume. I think all the costumes we wear in Bonheur are beautiful.

    Paris, Lido de Paris
Bonheur, Mein Herr
Rye (far right) with Bluebells
2013









  • What do you hope to accomplish within the next ten years?
    RLC: In the next 10 years I want to continue dancing. I would love to be part of the new show here, as I think it would be an incredible opportunity and it would be very exciting. I would like to dance in other lines and move up in a company like my Mum did. Before working at Lido I did a cruise ship contract with Jean Ann Ryan. I loved working for Jean Ann Ryan and would like to return and do another contract one day.

  • Did you have the pleasure of meeting Miss Bluebell and if so what is your memory of it?
    RLC: No, I wasn't fortunate enough to meet Miss Bluebell. I've heard lots of stories about her and she sounds like an incredible woman. I really wish I had been lucky enough to meet her.

  • What do you think of ShowBiz Friends?
    RLC: I think ShowBiz Friends is an excellent way for people to reconnect.


    Thank you Rye for this interview, congratulations on your achievements and may your career continue for many, many years to come!



    MEET RYE-LLEWELLYN'S PARENTS...
    Former Principal Bluebell Dancer, Rachel Davies FORMER PRINCIPAL BLUEBELL DANCER
    RACHEL DAVIES
    FORMER KELLY BOY DANCER
    ERIC CARPENTER
    Former Kelly Boy Dancer, Eric Carpenter
    Meet Rye's parents and SBF Members, Rachel Davies Carpenter, previously featured as SBF Star and Eric Carpenter, presently Vice Principal at Northern Ballet School, in Manchester. They are both former dancers at the Lido de Paris. We asked them what is like to have their daughter dancing at the Lido as a Bluebell Dancer...
    Quote Eric: ...I do think that we are all privileged to be a part of the Lido family whatever decade we have performed in...
    Rachel & Eric got married in 1985, three months after they met!
  • What has been your involvement in your daughters' training?
    Rachel When the girls first started dancing they went to their aunt's (my sister's) dancing school in York. Other than the odd class I didn't really teach Rye. I later became more involved as a teacher at the school and then I did teach Mya in some of her ballet and modern classes. At the age of 11 both the girls went to The Hammond School in Chester.

    I started Eric teaching jazz to both the girls occasionally when they were at the lower school of The Hammond in Chester from the age of 11. Then at 16 years old they both moved on to Northern Ballet School where I have been one of their full time jazz teachers.

  • When did you realise that they would become professional dancers too and did you encourage them?
    Rachel Dancing has always been something the girls have been involved in. Initially I think because Eric & I were both teaching at a studio in Leeds and it was easier to take the girls along with us and eventually they just joined in. They have both always loved classes and dancing and so it just built up from there. There was never really a defining moment when I thought the girls were going to be professional dancers. They just started dancing & didn't stop so really it's been a natural progression. I have always supported them and they have always wanted to do it. Fortunately it appears that they have chosen the right path and that they are happy and successful.

    Eric
    I don't think there was a moment of realisation, but I always thought they had the facility and talent to pursue a dance career if they chose to. I have always supported them and made them understand that dance was something they probably could do if prepared to work hard.


  • How did you feel when you saw Rye on stage for the first time at the Lido? Were you more nervous about seeing her or when you were on stage yourselves?
    Rachel I was not nervous about seeing her for the first time on the Lido stage. It was more excitement, pride and a little bit surreal to see her up there. There were only three occasions when I was ever nervous on stage. The first was my opening night as principal dancer in Jubilee!, the second when I had to cover the pointe number in Jubilee! (Vienna) having not done any pointe work for about three years and finally 08/08/1988 when there was a very big group of ex-cast members enjoying a reunion at the Lido. I'll never know why I was so nervous that night!
    Eric

    I remember very vividly seeing her for the first time. It was both exciting and yet a little strange.

  • Do you think that working at the Lido now is the same as it was when you were there?
    Rachel Paris, Lido de Paris
Panache
Rachel & Eric
1988 Other than the current cast not having had the fortune to work with Donn Arden and Miss Bluebell, I'm sure the feelings and memories made are the same as ours were. The one thing that is still strikingly unchanged is the sense of class and sophistication that is evident as soon as you walk through the Lido doors. No other showroom I have ever been in can come even close to the Lido for that in my opinion.

    Quote Rachel: ...There was never really a defining moment when I thought the girls were going to be professional dancers. They just started dancing & didn't stop so really it's been a natural progression...
    Eric
    I would hope that it is all still as exciting now as it was when I was there. I do think that we are all privileged to be a part of the Lido family whatever decade we have performed in.


  • Are you scared at the thought that Rye might meet her future spouse at the Lido ... just like you did?!?
    Rachel Rye has been dating her graphic designer boyfriend for almost four years now, so I'll leave that question there!!! If things were different I wouldn't be scared. The best choice I've ever made was marrying Eric almost 29 years ago after we met in Jubilee!. Obviously it's worked out okay for us ;)
    Eric
    As long as he's tall I don't care where she meets him!! Ha ha. Anyway meeting my spouse in a show certainly worked out for me.




    MEET RYE-LLEWELLYN'S SISTER...
    MYA-NOEL CARPENTER

    Meet Rye's sister, Mya-Noel Carpenter, the youngest in the Carpenter family, also training to be a professional dancer and perhaps, a future SBF Rising Star...
    Mya-Noel Carpenter

    Quote ...As long as someone is paying me to support myself doing what I love I'll be happy. Not many people get paid to do what they love so I think I'll be very lucky!

  • Would you like to follow your parents' and sister Rye's footsteps and work at the Lido?
    Mya posing
Photo by Nicola Selby
2013 Mya-Noel Carpenter: Yes I would love to work at the Lido. It would be fun and a bit odd to think of my mum, dad and sister (& auntie) having all performed on the same stage.

  • Could you please tell us about your experience at The Joffrey Ballet School in New York?
    MNC: I went to an audition in London for the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive. After the audition I was offered an award to attend the schools full time, year round programme as a Ballet Trainee. I spent last year at the school and loved my time there, but I have come back to the UK to finish my training, as I will have more jazz/modern classes here.

  • What are your plans for the future?
    MNC: I am due to finish my training in July 2014 and then hope to start work as a professional dancer. I have already been successful in two auditions I have been to, but haven't made any decisions yet. I would like to audition wherever I can take things from there. As long as someone is paying me to support myself doing what I love I'll be happy. Not many people get paid to do what they love so I think I'll be very lucky!


    The Carpenters kickin' high!






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