Barlaston student Emma-Louise Jones is dancing for joy 10 years on
TALENTED Emma-Louise Jones has returned to The Regent theatre stage – exactly 10 years after she last performed there.
The 20-year-old, has grown from being a shy youngster, who took part in Dance 03, to the president of her university's dance troupe.
And last night she marked the achievement by heading up 28 dancers from Keele Dance Society at Dance 2013.
The third year psychology and sociology student, of Silver Ridge, Barlaston, said it was a privilege to take part in the event again.
She said: "It has been 10 years since I danced as part of the creative arts group for the Regent theatre.
"I can remember looking out as a 10-year-old and seeing all those seats and it just seemed so huge compared to us.
"I decided I wanted to come back again and it was something that we were working towards. I knew it would be nice to perform in the show that helped me fall in love with dancing."
Emma-Louise, who took up dancing at the age of three, was made president of Keele Dance Society in September.
She helped to choreograph the 10-minute performance at yesterday's Dance 2013 event.
Jess Goodwin, aged 20, from Beech, was among those to dance alongside Emma-Louise.
The criminology and psychology student said: "It was really exciting and the routine came together really well. It is important to show the others our amazing theatre and to get them involved in the local community."
Along with the Keele group, dancers from Biddulph High School, Angela Beardmore's School of Dance and Stafford based SSP Crew took to the stage.
Hayley Wenlock, a teacher at Stafford Sports College, helped choreograph a routine combining a mixture of hip hop and contemporary styles to music from Austin Powers and Braveheart.
She said: "The 12 dancers have done really well with all the different moves they had to learn.
"They were very excited before their performance."
Dance 2013 runs over five days and will feature performances from 50 schools, colleges and dance schools across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
The event runs until Saturday.
Laura Stacey, aged 24, from Blurton, creative learning officer for the Regent, said: "The show has been brilliant and the team as well as all the dancers have been fantastic.
"It has a real community feel and it gives young dancers the inspiration for when they walk on that big stage."