Dancers join pa­rade for the Queen

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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.

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