Twelve year old dancer is Cromer pier show’s young veteran

At the tender age of 12 Millie Duniam is a 'veteran' at Cromer Pier's summer show.

She is currently doing her seventh season running in the popular variety production - a record breaking honour she shares with his dance captain Andy Young.

The pair, who began their pier careers in 2005, have topped the six season tallies - which had gaps in - of two other regular cast members of the past comic Keith Simmons and dancer Jessica Bedford.

Millie joined as a six year old and has been familiar face in the line up child dancers ever since - but was already an 'old hand' at the venue, where her dance school owner mother Marlene provides the young dancers for the first half finale.

She said: 'I was two years old when I first performed at Cromer Pier in one of my Mums shows and I loved it.'

Her dance teacher Natalie Sands was also a child dancer in Seaside Special appearing with Millie's older sisters Polly and Sophie both now professional dancers currently appearing with the Pet Shop Boys.

Millie added: 'I really love to dance and have enjoyed all my years in Seaside Special. It is really great we all get a real buzz from doing it and I have made lots of friends with the cast.'

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Andy, 34, has been a professional dancer since 1990 and now sees Cromer as his second home.

During that time he has worked with 18 female dancers, five male dancers, six comedians, seven female vocalists, five male vocalists, three magicians, four musicians, a ventriloquist, an acrobat, a multi-instrumentalist and a BMX bike rider - many of whom remain close friends..

'There are few shows now where the dancers get so much time on stage. As dancers we really are part of the show and don't just dress the stage as is the case in some shows. I love working with Di Cooke the shows devisor, director and choreographer, her approach to dance is amazing'

He is well placed to see the changes in Seaside Special and said: 'In just seven years I have seen the show evolve, it now appeals to a much wider audience. At the same time it keeps true to its routes as a traditional variety show and certainly one of the best loved shows in the UK'.

Andy also devises, directs and choreographs the children's version of the show Schools Out Seaside Special, which opens on July 29, and is also teaching at Marlene's dance school in his spare time.

Millie now also stands in for the other child dancers in both shows which means she has to learn two routines and be ready to perform in either version.

Not that Millie minds one bit, as she enjoys what she does and loves to 'make people smile'.

?School's Out shows are on August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, and 30 and September 2 at 10.30 on Tuesdays and 3pm on Fridays. Tickets �9 form the box office on 01263 512495.

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