Dancer performs for millions at football final

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HANNAH Richbell danced the routine of her life on Saturday - at the Champions League final at Wembley stadium.

The 29-year-old Zumba dance teacher from Gainsborough Road, Bury, applied and auditioned to become part of a 230-strong troupe of dancers taking part in the opening ceremony.

She took part in a quintessentially English dance routine featuring bowler hats and umbrellas before kick-off at the Champions League final clash between Manchester United and Barcelona - two of the best football teams in the world.

Not only did Hannah have to dance in front of a host of professional footballers and a Wembley crowd of 90,000, but also millions of TV viewers anxiously watching the highly anticipated game in pubs and homes around the country.

Hannah, a Man United supporter, said the experience was amazing.

“There were just thousands of people, the noise was incredible. I have never heard that amount of noise and it was my biggest audience by far.

“It was definitely the best thing I have ever done,” she said.

And the dancer now has her hopes set on the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

The Champions League opening ceremony, directed by Hamish Jenkinson, saw the dancers perform routines and create flags out of umbrellas, before holding the team crests and lining the pitch during the national anthems.

Renowned X-Factor choreographer Ashley Wallem masterminded the routines.

But sadly it wasn’t all celebrations for Hannah, as her team went on to lose to the Spanish team 3 -1.

Wayne Rooney scored for the Red Devils.