Dancer Lauren's delighted to get Olympic chance
A teenage dance student has been chosen out of thousands of hopefuls to take part in the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Nineteen-year-old Lauren Riley, of Earl Shilton, is busy rehearsing in London and can't wait for the big event which will be watched by the world.
Lauren has been sworn to secrecy over the exact details, but says it's going to "something extra special" and involves a top female artist.
She is studying dance performance at Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe, and was called to auditions in the capital after applying to be a dancer.
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She was chosen out of thousands of volunteer hopefuls to dance alongside professionals during the closing ceremony.
She said: "I'm so excited about it. I just can't believe it. I'm still pinching myself, even though I found out weeks ago.
"When they e-mailed to tell me I'd got through I screamed!
"I haven't found the routine too hard to learn, but that's probably because I'm used to doing this sort of thing.
"I can't reveal anything about the style of dance, but it's amazing and it's been lots of fun."
Lauren has been dancing since the age of four at the Karen Looms Academy in Leicester Forest East, where she learned various styles including jazz, tap and ballet.
The former Bosworth College student hopes to become a professional dancer.
Her routine at the ceremony on August 12 will feature 40 professional dancers and 40 volunteers.
Her 92-year-old grandfather, Douglas Baxter, from Braunstone, said he was "ever so proud of her".
"I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for her on the television. I've seen her in a few shows and she's a little star."
Her mum, Helen, said: "I can't wait to watch it on television and hope to catch sight of her. She's been rehearsing in London quite a lot and she was thrilled to be picked.
"It's going to be great on her CV and something she'll never forget. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we're all just bursting with pride.
"Dancing is such a big part of her life and this is something wonderful for her."