Paralympics Opening Ceremony a whirl for Morley Dance student Evelyn
"It all started very early in the year with an email from my ballroom dance teacher to say that volunteers were needed for the Paralympics opening ceremony.
After successful audition, I was a cast member of the '98 Whirl' group forming the storm which Miranda encountered on her exploits in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', as part of the story behind the Paralympics Opening Ceremony.
I started rehearsals in early July, with 13 sessions at various locations until the show day on Tuesday 29 August. We rehearsed for about 80 hours overall, including some weekends and bank holiday.
My favourite moment was when I was picked with 3 other girls - out of 300 - to model the group's costume on the last day of rehearsal – it was the cream on the cake for me.
…and moreover we get to keep our lovely costumes!
Being directly involved in the Games turned out to be the best time I have had so far in 2012 - a period in my life that I will cherish forever."
Evelyn's section begins at the 3 hours 7 minutes mark on the video below