Stardom beckons for dancing Spalding teenager

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AN ASPIRING dancer from Spalding has been shortlisted for a leading role in an upcoming film.

AN ASPIRING dancer from Spalding has been shortlisted for a leading role in an upcoming film.

Paul Spencer, of Exeter Drive, has been invited to London’s Pineapple Dance Studios this Sunday so he can audition for the creators behind “Believe”.

Spalding Grammar School student Paul (16) has only been dancing for just over three years.

“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “I’ve only been to Pineapple Dance Studios once before. While I was there they were auditioning for Billy Elliott in London so to go there and audition for a film which will be in cinemas in two years just makes me want to do backflips.”

Paul, who is a member of the Polka Dot Academy of Performing Arts in Spalding, had originally been chosen from about 10,000 hopefuls as a dancer in the film.

He was told on Friday that he had since been shortlisted for Josh, one of the lead male parts. On Sunday, he must dance freestyle for one minute as part of his audition.

Paul lists ballet, tap, modern, jazz and street dancing among his talents.

Paul said: “I fell into performing when I was about 11. Polka Dot sent letters around to all the schools and my mum suggested I go.

“I started as the tall one at the back trying not to be seen and getting on with it.”

Paul is currently studying for his GCSE exams but is hoping to secure a scholarship to Hurtwood House in Surrey, a sixth form college which specialises in theatre.

He also dreams of securing a place in a drama school before starring in shows in London’s West End.

Paul will next appear on stage in Gleeful, which is showing at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, in March.