Dancer’s delight in role at Olympics opening ceremony

NIGHT TO REMEMBER -- Lisa Bradley in costume
NIGHT TO REMEMBER -- Lisa Bradley in costume

A DANCER from Bulwell is treasuring a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience after taking part in the London Olympics opening ceremony.

Lisa Bradley, of Ingram Terrace, performed in her biggest-ever show for an audience of more than a billion.

She was among 1,000 dancers as part of the ceremony, which was masterminded by film director Danny Boyle.

And as midnight struck when the opening reached its climax, Lisa had something of her own to celebrate — her 37th birthday, which fell last Saturday.

A former pupil of Cantrell Primary, St Mary’s C of E Primary and Henry Mellish Schools, Bulwell, Lisa teaches Lindy-Hop dancing at Sneinton.

She was accepted to take part in the show after applying for auditions, which became more and more intensive.

“After all the hard work for several months, everyone involved got more excited and increasingly nervous,” said Lisa. “But I thought it all came together really well on the night. It was quite incredible.”

The rehearsals saw Lisa and the other dancers perform at locations in London, including the Dagenham Space and, more recently, in the Olympic Stadium itself.

One of her special memories is standing close to famous runner Usain Bolt as he prepared to lead out the Jamaica team for the parade of nations taking part.

Lisa works as a business analyst for the Nottingham University Hospitals National Health Service (NHS) Trust. She said: “It is truly mind-boggling to think that so many people all over the world were watching the dancing.

“Danny was a wonderful person to work with. My family and friends have also been very supportive and they have told me how proud they were. It has all been like a dream.”