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Woman who became internet hit to appear on stage

2013-09-15 23:51:46

Ellie Cole

A woman who became an internet sensation when she was secretly filmed dancing at a bus stop has landed a role in a professional stage show.

Secretary Ellie Cole, 35, became an overnight hit when millions watched footage of her dancing on the pavement on her way home from work.

The clip, named "Eastleigh's Got Talent" and uploaded online with the soundtrack of Abba's Dancing Queen, shows her tapping her toes, wiggling her hips, wagging her fingers and doing a downwards dance punch as people pass her in the Hampshire town.


Ellie Cole's original viral video

It ends after almost three minutes when a bus stops, obscuring the camera's view, and Miss Cole gets on.

But her three minutes of fame have led to Miss Cole being invited to take part in the performance of play AH Men at The Point Theatre in Eastleigh after the writer saw her video by chance.

Miss Cole said: "I'm just a normal everyday person who happens to like dancing at bus stops. Still to this day I find it hard to believe what happened with the video.

"It's like 'wow, why me?'."

Miss Cole studied performing arts for a year at Eastleigh College, but had to drop out after she lost her job and could not afford it.

She said this was a chance to fulfil her stage ambitions after attending rehearsals in London, adding: "It's very flattering and humbling. There's no doubt it's very exciting."

Lynne Paris, writer and director of the show, said she always looked to try and include local performers and by chance came across the video of Miss Cole’s a few weeks before.

She said: "My son saw the video and he said 'you've got to see this mum, she's just like you'. Wherever I am, if there's music I find myself jigging along to it.

Ellie Cole
Ellie Cole breaking out with this move

"I think anybody who likes music could identify with it."

AH Men, in this weekend, is based upon on her own experiences after learning that her husband - a public servant working in Hampshire - wanted to become a woman.

Miss Cole, who lives in Southampton, features in the chorus line in the first act, which is a club scene and performs a group singing and dancing number.

Alongside her role in the show, she also performed with other cast members in an extract from the show as the finale to the Eastleigh Mardi Gras procession on Saturday.

People got up and danced afterwards to Dancing Queen, in tribute to the viral video.

The video went viral in April. Miss Cole later revealed she was actually listening to Alesha Dixon's hit "Knock Down"

Dixon, 34, then heaped praise on Miss Coles moves on her own Twitter page, telling her 547,000 followers: "Brilliant! So funny! :)"

Miss Cole admitted she was "overwhelmed" by the comments.

She added: "I have my headphones in every day on the way back from work and I just can't help myself - I just dance."

Jane Rowland, 45, who filmed the routine from her cafe opposite the bus stop, said: "She is an inspiration to us all and has cheered everyone up."

Source: telegraph.co.uk

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