Dancers join parade for the Queen
DANCERS will be putting their best foot forward when they take part in a massive street party for the Queen’s birthday.
The Ondine Academy of Dance, established in the 1960s in South Bucks, will be celebrating Her Majesty’s 90th in London on Sunday (June 12).
Nine senior students and one teacher will have the privilege of dancing down the The Mall in London as part of The Patron’s Lunch parade.
The school – which covers places such has Stoke Poges, Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter – was invited to enter a ballot to have a chance, and the girls were lucky enough to be chosen.
Harriet Allum, one of the teachers, said it has been incredibly hard not to tell anyone has they have had to keep it a secret until now.
26-year-old Ms Allum, who said she does not know why Ondine has been chosen, said: “We’re really excited. We haven’t even been able to tell friends and family.
“We’ve had to keep it hush hush and all the girls have been desperate to tell people.”
But Ms Allum said she isn’t really that nervous as they have done ‘far more nerve wracking things’ – like tests and exams.
While not allowed to reveal the choreography, she said there would be different sections throughout the parade.
Ms Allum, from Frances Street, Chesham, has been dancing with the school since she was six.
Her love for it was strong as she trained as a ballet teacher before returning to the academy.
She said this will be one of the most important days ever for her students and one that will be remembered fondly.
“As a school its our biggest test,” she said. “I was lucky enough to dance in the Olympic opening ceremony but for the girls this is for the Queen’s birthday and it’s on TV.”
Three hundred other Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) dancers and their teachers from across the UK will also be performing on Sunday as the Queen is a patron of the RAD
The event will be shown live on BBC One on Sunday June 12. It is likely to be between 1.15pm and 4.15pm – keep an eye out for the team.
Visit www. ondineacademy.co.uk or www.thepatronslunch. com for more information.
Those dancing will be Flora Allum, Natasha Humphries, Harriet Allum, Annicke van Wyk, Maisie Morris, Serena Conn, Megan Morris, Lillie Westcott and Emma Vaughan.
Flora Allum, Natasha Humphries, Harriet Allum, Annicke van Wyk, Maisie Morris and Serena Conn will be performing in the parade on Sunday June 12. Not pictured are Megan Morris, Lillie Westcott and Emma Vaughan, who will also be in the parade.