Richard Batson

One of the stars of a new box office blockbuster dance movie is heading to Norfolk to teach local youngsters.

Streetdance 3D actor Sianad Gregory will visit Cromer later this month in a major coup for a local dance school, thanks to its own high profile showbiz connections.

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One of the stars of a new box office blockbuster dance movie is heading to Norfolk to teach local youngsters.

Streetdance 3D actor Sianad Gregory will visit Cromer later this month in a major coup for a local dance school, thanks to its own high profile showbiz connections.

Marlene's School of Dancing boss Marlene Duniam's twin dancing daughters, currently doing a world tour with the Pet Shop Boys, were at theatre school and share a house in London with Sianad.

British-made Streetdance 3D tells the story of street and ballet dancers being forced to work together, and showcases the skills of well known dance acts such as Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity, Flawless and George Sampson, as well as starring well known actress Charlotte Rampling.

Sianad, who plays ballet dancer Chloe in the movie, has also worked with X Factor star Alexander Burke, appeared in the comedy film Lesbian Vampire Killers and is the “face” of Pineapple Dance Studios.

She will visit Marlene's dance school on Saturday, June 26, from 2-4pm, and teach youngsters the final dance from the Streetdance movie.

Mrs Duniam said Sianad and her 23-year-old twins Polly and Sophie had been friends since they were in the same year at the Lane Theatre School in 2006.

Her girls, who danced in the Cromer Pier summer show and starred as the Home Farm twins on children's television in their earlier careers, are on tour as backing dancers and singers to the Pet Shop Boys, ranging from gigs in the United States and Australia to a Glastonbury appearance later this month, but are also working on an album of their own music.

“Sianad invited them to the premiere of Streetdance and the twins phoned me to say it would be great for my dance school. I asked if Sianad could come and do a session and she said 'yes',” she added.

Demand for the limited number of spaces at the Cromer workshop is expected to be high as the movie has been a smash hit at cinemas, and television talent shows has sparked a renewed interest in street dance from boys as well as girls.

Marlene's school is also holding a summer school from July 26-30 with lectures from professionals in the singing, dance and musical theatre worlds. To book one of the 30 places which cost £110, or one of limited spaces for the session with Sianad, which cost £10, phone 01263 515288.

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