Thriller on Jacko show tour
A CITY dancer has been left moonwalking on air after securing a place in the world-wide Thriller Live tour.
Laura White (23) has already toured Europe as a dancer in iconic musical Fame!, but has her sights set on world domination now that she is appearing in the tribute show to Michael Jackson.
The musical celebration features the hit songs of the King of Pop’s solo career and tracks from his early days of stardom with his brothers in the Jackson Five.
It took London’s West End Lyric Theatre by storm when it opened after the star’s sudden death on June 25, 2009.
Now, Laura, of High Street, Maxey, is busy rehearsing for Thriller Live shows, which will see her perform in front of hundreds of thousands of people in Greece, Japan, China and South Africa in a couple of weeks’ time.
She said: “I am so excited about going on tour, but I am yet to meet the other cast members.
“The show is basically a musical based on all of Michael Jackson’s songs, from being in the Jackson Five, to his last single. It is quite an honour to be a part of it.”
Laura auditioned and secured the part after hearing from her agent that the producers were seeking dancers.
She will appear in several sections of the show – including acting as a zombie dancer for the its pivotal track, Thriller.
After gaining a BTEC National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre at the age of 21, Laura auditioned and successfully took the part of Carmen Diaz in the European tour of Fame the Musical.
But the four-and-a-half-month-tour – which stopped for shows in the Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark – was simply the first step for ambitious Laura.
She went on to cruise around the world on a ferry ship as a dancer and also found time to set up her own dance school called White Starz.
Laura began dancing when she was just 13 as an after-school hobby.
She said: “As a child, I never grew up saying I want to be a dancer. But as soon as I started, everything changed and I realised that I was actually really good.
“It is a tough industry to be in but it is also amazing and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“I set up my company because I knew it would be hard to find another part in a show like Fame, but then I came across this place in Thriller.
Laura’s father, Ray, said: “I am very proud of her and pleased for her. She is in a very difficult industry so it is tremendous that she has found her feet and got this part.
“We would hope to be able to go out to one of the countries she will be touring in to see her perform.”
THRILLED: Laura White, who has won a place in the world tour of Michael Jackson tribute show, Thriller Live, practices her moves with pupils from her dance school White Starz. (METP-29-05-10AS106)