Sprowston dancer’s chance to perform at London 2012 ceremonies

A young dancer from Sprowston is among hopefuls in the running for a chance to perform at the London 2012 Olympics.

Chloe Harcourt, who is currently a student teacher at the Michelle Clark School of Dance, applied for the opportunity to audition with hundreds of other performers.

Dancing from the age of 12 and having studied for a degree in Dance and Professional Practice, Miss Harcourt, 21, is now teaching youngsters across the region in street dance, ballet, tap, modern jazz and contemporary dance.

Taking part in the opening and closing ceremonies of London 2012 offers a huge opportunity for the former Sprowston High School student to perform in front of the hundreds of millions of people watching around the world.

Being chosen from hundreds of performers after three hours of a preliminary audition means she now has the chance to travel to London and audition for a specific role.

She will then face a wait of six weeks to be called back. Miss Harcourt said: 'I think that it's on such a large scale it will be an amazing atmosphere performing alongside so many other people. It will be a great experience. It will look good if I want to further my career in dance because it will show how committed I am. It could open up other doors and provide new opportunities.'

Miss Harcourt has previously been a regional finalist in the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) Medallist of the Year competition and has been nominated for an IDTA Student Teacher of the Year award.

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Miss Harcourt added: 'I don't think I'm ever going to get this chance again in my lifetime. My mum was the one who saw the advert for how to audition and encouraged me to, my parents have always supported me.'

- See the centre section of today's Evening News for your monthly 16-page Olympics supplement, London's Calling.