Hannah dances her way to Olympics

Hannah Richbell (a zumba teacher) is dancing at the Olympic Games opening ceremony

Hannah Richbell (a zumba teacher) is dancing at the Olympic Games opening ceremony

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HANNAH Richbell will swap Bury Leisure Centre for the Olympic Stadium in July.

The 29-year-old zumba teacher is among those chosen to take part in the London games’ opening ceremony on July 27.

Brought up in Bury St Edmunds, she now runs zumba classes all over the town, including the leisure centre. When a friend told her about an appeal for dancers for the ceremony, she volunteered.

“They wanted drummers, percussionists, dancers, people who do point work, all sorts of things,” she said. “The first audition involved acting, dancing and general activities to see if you had rhythm. The second was role-specific.

“They need 10,000 people for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics. and have lots of famous choreographers doing things.

“It’s part of history. It’ll be good to be part of it.”

It will also be hard work. The letter saying she had been selected included a rehearsal schedule starting with one in April and building up to several in June and July.

Hannah, who gained her dance degree in London, cannot talk about what they want her to do because the ceremony, directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, is secret.