Colne dancer studies at Italia Conti theatre school

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a PUPIL at a Colne dance school needs a helping hand to keep her on the path to stardom – so her mum has organised a summer showcase of talent at The Grand Theatre in her home town of Clitheroe.

Alix Carey (17), a pupil at the East Lancashire School of Dance, is studying for an acting and dance degree at the renowned Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

But she needs extra funds to ensure she completes her three-year dance and singing degree at Britain’s oldest theatre arts training school.

Her mother Alison said: “I’m trying to raise extra money to keep Alix at Italia Conti, and also to help fund a trip to America for a little girl called Ellie, so she can have an operation to help her walk.

“I’ve got to find hundreds of pounds a month to fund Alix for her uniform, travel and all the classes she attends. I’m on my own with another teenage daughter, so it is tough.

“If there is anybody who could sponsor or help Alix it would be greatly appreciated, because I’m desperate to keep her at the school.”

“My dream is to appear in a West End show, that’s one of my main ambitions,” said Alix.

“I’d love to be in a music video, or tour with Rihanna, and Italia Conti has given me the chance to develop my skills in singing, acting and dancing to try and achieve that.

“I’m doing Shakespeare at the moment, and I’ve had to learn scripts, acting and singing to camera, so that is a bit daunting.

“My confidence has grown a lot, and my teachers have said that. I feel very honoured to be here, there’s some amazing talent at Italia Conti.”

The Grand’s Showcase of Talent will be staged on Saturday, August 11th.

Tickets available from Grand box office, while Alison can be contacted via the Grand on 01200 421599.