Teenager prepares to take to stage with St Neots dance school after overcoming physical difficulties

Olivia Humphrey and James Walters

Olivia Humphrey and James Walters - Credit: Archant

A St Neots teenager who has overcome huge physical obstacles to fulfil her dream to dance is appearing in a show being staged this weekend.

Olivia Humpheys, aged 15, who has cerebral palsy, has undergone hundreds of operations and countless hours of physiotherapy, but was always determined to dance. On Sunday, Olivia, who is a pupil at the Langdale Dance Arts (LDA) will take part in the the school’s latest production Bodies. She will be dancing to Thinking Out Loud which will see her jumping, turning and being lifted by her dance partner James Walters.

Chloe Taylor, dance captain for the show, said: “The whole team were delighted that Olivia would be dancing in the show and we felt so moved we created a production all about the body.

“We inspired Olivia to dance and she has inspired us in turn. It’s going to be such a wonderful celebration of song and dance.”

When Olivia first approached the dance school, artistic director Tom Langdale had concerns about how much he could achieve.

“I wasn’t sure how much I could help Olivia and was naturally fearful of making any promises. However, Olivia was so determined to dance she continued with classes and worked on the exercises I gave her everyday”

Olivia will be accompanied on stage by James and singer and guitarist Raffan Rivers. The production features 40 performers from the LDA and will take place at Sandy Theatre Space at the Sandy Sports Centre.

INFORMATION: Tickets are £14 and available from 07475 659841 or www.langdaledancearts.co.uk.