Var­rie all set to take on world chal­lenge

Young dancer off to Paris for in­ter­na­tional con­test

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

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 at­gtick­­lo­play­ers--singing-in-the-rain/theatre-roy­al­glas­gow/

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