‘I danced at the Olympic opening ceremony’

Dancer Sarah Longley pictured in costume outside the London Olympic Stadium.
Dancer Sarah Longley pictured in costume outside the London Olympic Stadium.

A ONCE in a lifetime experience.

That is how Flamborough dancer Sarah Longley described performing in the opening ceremony of the Olympics last week.

Sarah, 22, was a dancer in the section of the ceremony celebrating the digital age which climaxed with the introduction of the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners Lee, who himself visited Bridlington last year for a business conference.

Sarah said: “It was absolutely brilliant, definitely one of the best things I have ever done.

“I was so proud to be a part of the games, and represent our area when everyone around the world was watching. I had been nervous beforehand but we had done two dress rehearsals in front of a full stadium before the actual ceremony began, so by then I actually felt quite relaxed.”

Sarah had only made it to the games after sponsors from around the area helped her with travel expenses to get to London for the host of rehearsals needed to prepare for the blockbuster event - including a £150 grant from the Free Press 150 fund.

“I would like to say thank you again to everyone that helped me on my way through here, it is a once in a lifetime experience and something I will never forget,” she continued.

Sarah has been working at Filey School before she returns to university later this year to complete her teaching qualifications, but she said whatever she does will not top her special olympic night.

“It’s a bit of a come down now I’ve finished and come home. I had such an amazing time, meeting new people and making new friends, that I’m quite sad it is all over,” continued former Headlands pupil Sarah, who spent around 10 years at the Michelle Hatton School of Dance before leaving for university.

“Even though I am going to complete my teaching qualifications I am still looking out for auditions, but I don’t think anything will top this.”

Dressed in a white suit flashed with orange, Sarah was part of the 80s section of the digital celebration. Alongside hundreds of other performers, Sarah managed to spot herself while watching the ceremony back.

“My mum didn’t spot me at first because there was so much going on but I managed to find myself on screen.

“I’m glad that it was so well received by the majority of people who watched the ceremony, as I was a bit apprehensive that it might be too British.”