First steps to dance stardom

Hannah Orrell
Hannah Orrell
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A STAR dancer is calling on Wearsiders to help her realise her dream.

Hannah Orrell has secured herself a spot at the prestigious Phil Winston’s Theatreworks after fighting off fierce competition from across the country.

Now the 16-year-old dance student is looking for ways to fund the cost of the three-year course, which she hopes will give her a start to a successful career on the West End stage.

In a bid to boost funds, Hannah will be putting on dance classes every Sunday at Karen Shiel’s School of Dance in Shiney Row, where she has been going for classes since she was three.

And she is urging Wearsiders to help her in her quest to become one of the youngest dancers to be accepted into the top Blackpool-based school.

Single mum Chriss Brown, 43, has already stubbed out her smoking habit to help fund her daughter’s tuition and living fees.

She said: “This is an absolute dream come true for Hannah.

“I’m really proud of her and it was probably one of the proudest moments when we found out she had got in.

“There has been a lot of heartache and sacrifice along the way and hopefully it will pay off eventually.

“I’ve given up smoking and lots of other things to fund her dream but it’s going to cost £9,000 in tuition fees, plus accommodation and living costs and with her only being 16 she can’t get any student loans or grants.”

Hannah’s classes, which fuse dance and fitness, start on Sunday, from 10.30am to 11.30am and run every week.

Entry is £3.

Anyone wanting any more information or anyone wanting to sponsor Hannah can phone 07875 964 358.