New year in the sun for dancer

NEW Year celebrations in the sun are on the cards for an Ipswich dancer who will be jetting off to perform abroad later this month.Laura Dickons, who has already performed around the world and now runs her own dance school, was picked from dozens of hopefuls to dance at New Year's Eve celebrations in India.

NEW Year celebrations in the sun are on the cards for an Ipswich dancer who will be jetting off to perform abroad later this month.

Laura Dickons, who has already performed around the world and now runs her own dance school, was picked from dozens of hopefuls to dance at New Year's Eve celebrations in India.

The 24-year-old, of Anglesey Road, will be among a group of dancers heading out to the Grand Intercontinental hotel in New Delhi.

The former Kesgrave High School pupil will perform as part of a troupe called the Simon Duval Girls and after travelling to Valencia for five days of rehearsals, will spend six days in New Delhi over the new year period.


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“I auditioned for the show ages ago and found out a few weeks later that I had got in,” said Laura.

“It will be a cabaret style show with the can-can and show girl routines.”

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Laura has been dancing since she was three and began her training at the Linda Shipton school in Ipswich and is a former member of the Co-op Juniors. She later went on the Doreen Bird school in Sidcup and trained there for three years and has since performed at the Royal Opera House, in West End shows, at Disneyland and on cruise ships.

She now runs the Laura Emily Dance and Musical Theatre School in Ipswich, and teaches ballet, jazz, singing and drama.

Getting back on the stage again will be a rare treat, she said.

“It is a bit of a rarity to be dancing and I didn't think I would have the opportunity again now that I teach, but this is hopefully going to be a really good time. It is exciting to be going to dance and also to see another country as well.”

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