Dancer needs help to fulfil Olympic dream

Sarah Langley ps1203-24b'Olympic Opening Ceremony Sponsorship'Sarah Longley

Sarah Langley ps1203-24b'Olympic Opening Ceremony Sponsorship'Sarah Longley

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A LOCAL dancer has asked for help to fulfill “a once in a lifetime opportunity” and perform in the Olympics opening ceremony.

Sarah Longley, of Bempton Lane, Flamborough, has been chosen to dance as part of the flagship opening ceremony in July for this summer’s games in London - but faces a fight to pay for transport to London for each of the required 22 rehearsals.

Former Headlands student Sarah, who spent around 10 years at the Michelle Hatton School of Dance before going to university, said: “It is such an honour to be chosen to go and perform in the Olympic opening ceremony, a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would love to go down to London and represent the area.

“However, I will need to attend a rehearsal every Sunday, a total of 22 rehearsals from April, to be ready for the big event and as it is not a paid job I am going to find it too difficult to afford the travel costs to London.”

Sarah, 21, now hopes that a business or individual in the area can help her pay for the transport so that she can achieve her goal of representing the area at the games.

“I was extremely excited when I found out I had passed the audition stage and had been invited to be a part of the ceremony,” said Sarah, who recently graduated from Northampton University with first class honours on her dance and sports science course.

“But that was mixed with concerns over the practicality of me being able to travel to London every weekend.”

Rehearsals are held in Bromley-by-Bow in London, while the final few are to be held inside the Olympic stadium in Stratford, London.

As being a part of the ceremony is voluntary, the Olympic committee only contribute to the cost of travel once in London.

Sarah must let Olympic organisers know if she will accept the invitation to perform by January 31.

She first auditioned for the role in November last year after seeing an advert in a newspaper, and was called back for a second in December.

It was her first audition since graduating from university, and Sarah admits she was surprised to get so far so soon.

“I knew I was going to be in London around the time of the first audition, so I just went for it not knowing how I would end up getting on, but it is a real honour to have been chosen.”

Sarah is currently a cover supervisor at Filey School, picking up experience which she hopes to put to good use when she returns to university later this year to do teaching qualifications.

If you can help Sarah, you can email her at sarah.longley08@my.northampton.ac.uk or contact the Free Press newsdesk on 677338, who can pass details on to Sarah.