Harly Videan, 10, is preparing to take to the stage in Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies
By Carys Lewis
September 17, 2014
[Maesteg,Wales] – A schoolboy dancer is set to wow the crowds at South Wales’ premier theatre after pirouetting his way into a sought-after part. Ten-year-old Harly Videan is proving himself to be Maesteg’s answer to Billy Elliott after he beat off stiff competition to be selected as one of the dancers in Matthew Bourne’s production of Lord of the Flies.
The world-renowned choreographer is responsible for the ground-breaking choreography in the male version of Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and for his latest production, which will be performed at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff from October 22 to 25, Bourne opened up auditions to local talent, allowing youngsters from South Wales to vie for the chance of working with industry professionals.
Harly, who honed his skills at Maesteg-based Sian Dixon School of Dance, impressed judges in a series of audition rounds throughout the summer holidays and is now preparing to take to the iconic stage.
Proud dad Warren of Castle Street in the town, said: “Harly has taken his dancing very seriously since he was about four years old and by the age of five he was able to Moonwalk and was copying many of Michael Jackson’s dance routines.
“He progressed to all sorts of amazing moves and dancing techniques that we had never heard of, and by the age of eight he was entering Britain’s Got Talent. He was rejected and this was an earth-shattering moment for him where he was inconsolable for around two days.
“We approached Sian of The Sian Dixon School of Dance and she gave Harly her professional opinion. She said he was not engaging with the crowd, was looking down at his feet, his poise was not good enough and some other pointers. But she said that he has potential and that she could work with him.
“With Harly being used to being turned down we thought there would be no harm in him auditioning for The Matthew Bourne production of The Lord of the Flies. He got through one stage, then another and then another and then he was in. When he got in he was bouncing around the room.”
The 41-year-old, who is also dad to Lola, nine, added: “His mother Louise and I are so proud of him that we feel like crying – he is an amazing boy and we wish him all the best. We just can’t wait for opening night now. Sian has organised a bus, so he’s going to have lots of local support there. We would like to thank Sian for all her hard work with him too.”
Dance teacher Sian Dixon added: “This is an amazing experience for Harly and is one I’m sure he will cherish for many years to come. To be able to perform with professional dancers in such an iconic theatre on such an exciting project is truly thrilling.We wish him all the success and are looking forward to watching him perform in October.”
Lord Of The Flies will be at the Wales Millennium Centre from October 22 to 25. Call 029 2063 6464 or visit www.wmc.org.uk
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