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Dancer hits the big time at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Shannen Redmond danced at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Shannen Redmond danced at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

A teenage dancer from Boxmoor experienced the performance of a lifetime when she danced alongside Rod Stewart at the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

After a competitive audition process and three weeks of intensive rehearsals, Shannen Redmond,19, performed in front of 40,000 spectators at Celtic Park during the extravaganza last Wednesday.

The ceremony was also watched by an estimated 1 billion people worldwide.

Shannen said: “It was amazing, especially to perform with the legend Rod Stewart. It was great to be part of such an historic event for Glasgow.”

Shannen is a former pupil of Hemel Hempstead’s John F.Kennedy Catholic School , where she had the backing of her PE teachers for her love of dance until she left school three years ago.

She is now studying for a degree in dance at Ballet West in Taynuilt, Scotland.

Last year, the talented dancer even performed for the Queen at Buckingham Palace as part of the Coronation Concert with One Youth Dance.

The Commonwealth Games run until August 3 and will feature 4,100 competing athletes from 71 nations.

 

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