Dancers thrilled to be part of Olympics ceremonies

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Former pupils of a dance school strutted their stuff in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Grace Simmons, Natasha Cox and Jessie Waterfield performed in the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 12. The huge show featured elaborate performances and music by acts including the Spice Girls and Take That.

The three girls are all former pupils of the Kilburn School of Dance in Rock Street, Wellingborough.

Grace, who is from Wellingborough, has since gone on to study at the Italia Conti in London, Jessie, who is from Little Addington, at The Urdang Academy in London and Natasha, from Wellingborough, at the Northern Ballet School.

Two other former Kilburn pupils, Anna Mair and Fraiser Corbyn, also took part in the Olympics opening ceremony.

Principal of the dance school Amanda Wilkins, said Grace, Jessie and Natasha danced in the ballet performance with Darcey Bussell.

She said: “They were extremely excited and thought it was the most exciting thing they had ever done in their lives.

“They rehearsed in Dagenham. They had to go in at 11am to start getting ready for the closing ceremony at 9pm.

“They were very excited because they were queuing up behind Take That.

“They got to keep their costumes, which is lovely. It was fantastic.”