Ella is on Cloud Nine after being Olympic dancer

Ella Fleetwodd who danced at the Olympic closing ceremony.''C121047-2 Mid Ella Closing  Photo Louise Adams
Ella Fleetwodd who danced at the Olympic closing ceremony.''C121047-2 Mid Ella Closing Photo Louise Adams

MILLIONS were glued to their televisions by the Olympics closing ceremony, but one Barnham student had an even better view of the celebrations.

Ella Fleetwood, 17, who attends St Philip Howard Catholic High School, was one of the dancers last Sunday night. Speaking of how it came about, the Duncton resident said: “I got an email advertising it, and thought it didn’t matter if I didn’t get it, going to the audition in London would be a good experience.

“I’ve always loved the Olympics. I remember watching the last time in Beijing and looking at the dancers and thinking how great they were.”

After she got through the audition, rehearsals began every weekend, and all of this while the St Philip Howard student was studying for her AS-levels.

She said: “Nothing can prepare you for going into the stadium with all the seats and the people everywhere.

“It was quite crazy. I met Darcey Bussell and got her to sign my programme – it was really exciting.”