Varrie all set to take on world challenge
Young dancer off to Paris for international contest
A Rutherglen teenager will be strutting her stuff on the world stage this week as she jets off to Paris to perform in an international dance competition.
Varrie McElwaine from Burnside is part of a team of 24 from the Karen Burns School of Dance who will head to France to take on some of the best dancers from countries around the world.
And during her five days in the French capital, Varrie will also be performing on stage in the renowned Disneyland parks parade.
The S6 pupil at Trinity High School, who has won a vast array of trophies and championship titles, was delighted to be making the trip but knows there will be some good competition from the other nations.
She said: “We’ve had lots of rehearsals and we’ve got a good team there. We’re like one big family.
“We’ll be performing as part of a group and I’ll be dancing a solo as well.
“We’re all really looking forward to it and we think we’ve got a good chance of wining but there will be some good performers over there.”
And the exciting times will continue for Varrie later this month as she plays the lead role in the Singin’ in the Rain musical.
In a series of shows from October 31 to November 4, the teenager will star in the role of Kathy Seldon after a successful audition, who was played by the late Debbie Reynolds in the original film.
But even though there is expected to be a big crowd attending the evenings at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, it won’t unnerve confident Varrie after she performed in front of a sold-out audience last month.
Varrie, who is currently studying Highers in Music, Drama and Dance at Trinity High, continued: “I was dancing at the opening ceremony of the World Badminton Championships last month at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
“It was such a great experience to perform in such a big venue and it was sold out so there was a big crowd there too.”
She added: “It will be such a good experience to perform on stage in such a well-known musical, it should be really fun.
“I think my time with the dance school has helped me with everything I have done so far. I’ve been there since the age of two!”
Tickets are still available for the musical at http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/apolloplayers--singing-in-the-rain/theatre-royalglasgow/