Belper pupils dance at opening ceremony

NBEN 08-06-12 BE 14 Vanessa miller school of dance, Belper. Emily Kerr 19 and Stephanie Bikow 20, dancing at the olympics.
NBEN 08-06-12 BE 14 Vanessa miller school of dance, Belper. Emily Kerr 19 and Stephanie Bikow 20, dancing at the olympics.
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TWO Belper students will be showing off their moves in front of around one billion people when they perform at the London 2012 opening ceremony.

Emily Kerr, 19 and Stephanie Bikow, 20, will join around 300 other talented youngsters for the eagerly-awaited spectacle which is being staged by the director of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Danny Boyle.

NBEN 08-06-12 BE 13 Vanessa miller school of dance, Belper. Emily Kerr 19 and Stephanie Bikow 20, dancing at the olympics.

NBEN 08-06-12 BE 13 Vanessa miller school of dance, Belper. Emily Kerr 19 and Stephanie Bikow 20, dancing at the olympics.

Set to take place on July 27 in East London, it will have an ‘Isles of Wonder’ theme - showing a vision of the “mythic” British countryside that will capture the essence of “who we are”.

Volunteers and performers have been rehearsing outdoors at the former Ford factory in Dagenham and had a final session last weekend before rehearsals move into the stadium ahead of the ceremony.

Emily, who studies at the Vanessa Millar School of Dance in Derwent Street, said: “We’re really excited and it’s all very nerve wracking.

“We didn’t really believe at first that we had been selected. I don’t think it will sink in until we are actually watching it back again on the TV.

“A lot of the details about the ceremony are being kept quiet - but we have already been travelling down to rehearsals every few days and everything about it is going to be amazing.

“Its’ on a really big scale and we will be doing a lot of different styles of dancing during the event.”

The ceremony, which will cost £27 million, will begin at 9pm on July 27

There will be an hour of performance, beginning with a “Green and Pleasant” opening scene, followed by the parade of athletes, the arrival of the Queen, the raising of the Olympic, British and Greek flags, and finally the arrival of the Olympic flame and lighting of the cauldron.

Her Majesty and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will formally open the Games before a short film starring Daniel Craig as secret agent James Bond is screened during the television coverage of the ceremony, which will be broadcast to hundreds of countries across the world.

Performers including Sir Paul Mc Cartney will be headlining the event - playing through a million-watt sound system.

Around 23,000 costumes are being created specially for the event and nearly 3,000 props will be used.

Miss Millar said: “The details about the ceremony are all very top secret, but Emily and Stephanie have done well to get through and I think they will be performing some ballet, tap and modern.

“We had the information saying there would be auditions through and decided to put them forward for it. They are not allowed to say too much about the format though.

“This is great for the town and great for Belper.”

The Olympic Torch is set to pass near Belper next Friday when it visits Matlock before moving on to an evening celebration event in Derby on Friday, June 29.

Last week the News reported that Ecclesbourne school pupils, Fiona Donnelly and Robert Abraham would be carrying the torch, as well 71-year-old David Denton, from Belper.