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In the Beginning—My Journey to the Olympics

We are a little more than a month away from the Summer Olympics’ Opening Day Ceremonies here in London.

As a dancer in the opening ceremonies, I’m thrilled to be able to give you a glimpse into what it’s like to be a part of such a tradition.

To give a little background, I auditioned last October and November. For months, it was quite intense just waiting for the news. Then, this past February, I was notified via email that I had been accepted!

Since then it has been a bit of a whirlwind. I have been training pretty intensively for the last 3 months, every Saturday and Sunday. I was training in a big production studio but now have moved out much further east near the stadium at a ‘mock’ stadium space. Next week, we will be in the stadium practicing—which is very exciting.

I have a special role, too. However, it’s confidential, so I can’t share it yet. There are 800 people in my section and I will be dancing for 20 minutes in total! Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire, is directing the show.

It is such an amazing experience working with all the dance, mass movement, production and operations crews. It will be such a great show.

I love to dance. When I moved to London 5 years ago, I took up Street Dance and Capoeria classes. Then when I joined LPK, I noticed there is a really great dance studio across the road. I was inspired to hit the dancing hard, so I began taking classes. To be in this year’s Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies is truly an amazing experience.

Follow @lpk for more of my journey. Or, email me at Rachel_Shillito@lpk.com with questions.

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