Dance teacher Gillian will perform at the Olympics

Gillian Brady of St Hughs School, Dancing at The Olympics. 166C
Gillian Brady of St Hughs School, Dancing at The Olympics. 166C

A DANCE teacher’s dreams have come true after she was selected to take part in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Gillian Brady, who teaches at The West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s, was thrilled when she was told the news.

She said: “I’m so excited. It will be amazing to be part of it.

“Everyone reacted really well. They knew I had gone for it and when I eventually got the news it was brilliant.”

Gillian was one of tens of thousands to apply for the opportunity. She had to complete two auditions in London before being accepted but she still does not know what she will be doing on the day.

She said: “It’s all top secret, we’re not even allowed to tell our mums. And I won’t know anything until I go to the first training in April. I just know it’s a dance routine around the theme of the Isles of Wonder.”

Gillian, who will be taking part in a lot of training sessions before the big day, has a background in street and contemporary dance.

She added: “Something in that got me through. I think there will be a range of different dances.”

Gillian, who has a PE degree from the University of Edinburgh, has always enjoyed dancing but she felt she may be at a disadvantage when she was up against professional dancers at the auditions.

She said: “It’s an inspirational thing for the students here. I went to a normal school like everybody else but I worked hard and went to college and this shows them if there’s something they want to do they can do it.”

Gillian first became interested in the Olympics after finding out one of her teachers was involved in the Games in Sydney.

She said: “When I heard it was coming to London I frantically tried to get tickets but there was no chance of getting tickets to the opening ceremony. To be in it is fantastic.”

Gillian’s achievement is already inspiring the children at St Hugh’s who have been learning about the Olympics.

She added: “I’m hoping that we will have an Olympian from here one day that was inspired by this.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and one which would not be possible without the incredible support of the academy, in particular our principal Louise Bennett.”

Louise added: “We are really proud of what she has achieved, it is fantastic to be part of it.”