‘Tiny An­gel’ So­phie steps into big time with film dance role

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AYOUNG per­former has stepped into the lime­light and landed three tele­vi­sion and film roles.

Eleven-year-old So­phie Al­lan from Lit­tle­bor­ough can be seen on TV in the lat­est John Lewis and Waitrose ad­vert, has just recorded a tap rou­tine for a film and has also com­pleted a voiceover.

War­dle Academy pupil So­phie is a mem­ber of Dansworks Dance Academy of Per­form­ing Arts, in Bacup, where she en­joys eight classes from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day.

She has been signed up to Tiny An­gels model agency in Lon­don for a year and got her first big break in July when she was filmed play­ing the tenor horn in a mock school or­ches­tra for the John Lewis depart­ment store and Waitrose ad­vert - Bo­hemian Rhap­sody.

Mum Rosie said: “The ad­vert is cur­rently on TV and there are a lot of chil­dren in the or­ches­tra, but I man­aged to spot So­phie.

“She was then asked to per­form a solo tap dance rou­tine in a fea­ture film be­ing shot in Lon­don in­volv­ing a fa­mous ac­tress.

It will be screened next year.

“Then she was asked to talk about be­ing a Year 6 pupil for a voiceover for a Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion ad­vert.”

So­phie plays tenor horn in War­dle’s ju­nior band and she pre­vi­ously at­tended St An­drew’s CE School, Lit­tle­bor­ough.

Rosie said So­phie’s main love was danc­ing but be­cause she is al­ready over five feet tall at age 11 she is of­ten seen as too tall for roles.

She has been danc­ing since she was three and en­joys lessons in Bal­let, Tap, Con­tem­po­rary, Mod­ern Jazz, Mu­si­cal Theatre and Drama.

So­phie said: “It was re­ally ex­cit­ing and when I was do­ing the film be­cause there were so many fa­mous peo­ple who were just watch­ing me and they all said that they re­ally en­joyed my danc­ing.

“There was just me tap danc­ing on my own with a mas­sive cam­era.

“I could see my feet danc­ing in the cam­era which did put me off a bit. I was asked to per­form the ‘amaz­ing rou­tine’ I had done at my au­di­tion which has been chore­ographed by

Karen, my dance teacher at Dansworks.

“The John Lewis and Waitrose ad­vert was re­ally cool and it was just like be­ing a part of a whole school or­ches­tra with chil­dren from all over the coun­try.”

Karen Roe, who is her teacher at Dansworks de­scribed So­phie as a beau­ti­ful and ded­i­cated per­former.

●●So­phie Al­lan, from Lit­tle­bor­ough, has landed roles both in film and on tele­vi­sion

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