Laurretta Summerscales grew up in Woking, Surrey, England. Her mother runs the Karen Clarke Theatre School in Surrey (where Summerscales sometimes teaches), and her father works in information technology. She began dancing at the age of three.
Summerscales began her training at the English National Ballet School in 2007, having won a scholarship to study there. Also in 2007, Summerscales was a finalist for the Young British Dancer of the Year competition.
In February 2010, the Evening Standard called her "the rising star of English ballet", and speculated that she might be "the new Darcey Bussell", having been promoted to principal, having only joined the corps de ballet at English National Ballet a mere five months earlier.
For Summerscales, the most painful role has been dancing Myrtha in Giselle, especially the second act, for which she has to be on her toes throughout, "It's more painful than any other ballet. I bandage my toes up before, but it still hurts and throbs so much. You just have to work through it. As soon as you finish, the pain goes."
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