Dancers picked for Olympics

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Dancers from north Northamptonshire are celebrating after being told they will get to perform at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A team of youngsters from the Kilburn School of Dance in Rock Street, Wellingborough, are set to take to the stage to perform during the closing ceremony of the games.

The school was approached and asked for a team of 20 youngsters and five reserves to perform. A total of 85 dancers from the school auditioned. The chosen dancers are all aged between 10 and 18-years-old.

Amanda Wilkins, from the Kilburn School of Dance, said: “They are extremely excited, as are the parents and teachers. It will be lovely to be part of such an exciting event.

“We haven’t got a routine yet, that should be started around Easter with rehearsals until the closing ceremony.”

And a team of 25 dancers from The Dance Factory in Church View, Burton Latimer, will also head to London to take part in the closing ceremony. Five of the dancers will be reserves and auditions are taking place this Sunday to choose the lucky 25 who will go to the games.

Katy Watson, principal at the Dance Factory which also has a base in Kettering, said: “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for many of the dancers here, they’re all so excited because you don’t get a chance like this very often.

“When I got asked I was so happy, it’s so exciting and I keep pinching myself.

“Not only will they be on TV in England, the event will be shown worldwide. It’s fantastic for the school.

“We’ve really grown in the six years since the school has been running, and its a privilege to have students who are talented enough to be asked to perform at the ceremony.

“It’s not just me though, we’ve got many teachers here who are absolutely fantastic.”

Amie Brotherton, from Higham Ferrers, has also been told that she has been successful and will be performing in the opening ceremony of the games. Amie applied with workmate Katie Larkins, who has been chosen as a reserve.

Amie said: “After we received the email saying we would hear soon we both constantly checked our emails in the hope one of us had heard something.

“When I did eventually hear I was over the moon. We were told at the beginning that they were looking for different things and we had no idea what they were.

“I am so happy that I managed to make it through to perform at the opening ceremony.”