Homegrown talent to dance at Olympic opening ceremony

Three Havering dance students will be taking part in the biggest performance of their lives when they dance in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony this summer.

Jack Lubwid, 22, Zara Clatworthy, 18, and Samuel Hopkins, 18, got through two rounds of auditions to win the coveted places to perform before the beginning of the Games.

Jack, of Pearcy Close, said: “It is an amazing opportunity and something I can tell people about in the future.

“I’m still training and starting my career, and what a thing to start it with.

“The whole experience of applying and getting through has been amazing.”

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The dance students were notified by teachers at CPA Studios, where they are all in their second year of their musical theatre diploma, about the chance to apply to dance in the ceremony.

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They were taught dance sequences in each audition and had to perform for the judges. The first was a freestyle carnival theme; the second was a hip hop dance routine.

Kevin Archbold, an agent at the CPA Studios, said: “It is such a great opportunity for Jack, Samuel and Zara to be appearing in such a massive, high-profile event that will be seen by millions of people worldwide.

“Not only will this be an incredible experience for them, but it will be something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

“As their agent I am extremely proud of their success as they were chosen from thousands of people that auditioned.

“Their hard work and dedication to their training is paying off and will hopefully see them reach the success of previous CPA students like Rochelle Wiseman and Frankie Sandford from The Saturdays, James Buckley from The Inbetweeners and Jessie J.

“We at CPA Studios wish them all the very best!”

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