Your News: A brilliant experience for dancing sisters

Polka Dot Dance Troupe - Olivia is on the left and Lily on the right
Polka Dot Dance Troupe - Olivia is on the left and Lily on the right

Two local sisters have just returned from dancing on board the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship “Independence of the Seas”.

Olivia Barron-Clark aged 13, who is a student at Bourne Grammar School and Lily Barron-Clark aged 10, who is a student at Bourne Westfield, performed with their dance school, Polka Dot Academy last weekend.

Both Olivia and Lily have been dancing since the age of 3 and hope to pursue careers in performing arts.

Olivia at 13 enjoys all aspects of musical theatre and already has many credits to her name, most recently Patty Simcox in Grease, and Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast which she performed with Limelight Youth Theatre.

She has performed on Cruise Ships, at Disneyland Paris and many theatres in London. She said “ I love every aspect of performing and hope to go to theatre school when I’m 16, the cruise ships are a brilliant experience.”

Lily has also performed on stage at Disneyland Paris, on board cruise ships and in London.

Lily says “ It was absolutely amazing on the ship, we could ice skate, go on a climbing wall even learn to surf, but the dancing was the best.”

Both girls are still on a high after returning but there is no rest for them, after auditioning, they were chosen for the annual Pantomime at the South Holland Centre in Spalding, rehearsals for Cinderella start next week.

Polka Dot Dance Troupe are a group of children aged between 8 and 18, who put together a 25 minute performance to showcase.

Using songs from Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and more, each year they take their performances worldwide. This year they were invited to return by Royal Caribbean after a performance onboard in 2010.

The girls’ mum Elaine said “ I am extremely proud of Olivia and Lily, they always commit and work very hard to ensure the performances are of the best quality. All the children deserve praise and so do their parents for all the running around that we do. To be invited back by Royal Caribbean is just amazing, it does cost a fair amount of money and time but it’s worth it. “

There is no rest for the dance troupe as they are working towards their end of term performance in “ A Christmas Carol” at the South Holland Centre in Spalding at the end of November, then work will start on where their performance will be in 2015.

They have already been contacted about performing onboard one of Royal Caribbean Cruise ships in Dubai in 2016! Which again is another amazing opportunity, but with costs to get the children over to Dubai we will need to start fund raising now.

But as they say, “that’s show business.”