TEENAGER Olivia Roach has conquered a spinal condition - and now she is set to follow in the footsteps of the stars of Harry Potter and Star Wars tomorrow.
The 16-year-old former McAuley School pupil, from Conisbrough, takes to the stage at Pinewood Studios to take part in the Sky television talent show Go to Dance, in a bid to take a step closer to a £250,000 first prize.
Olivia’s mum and dad Kim and Dean will be heading down to join her, watching her being recorded at the studios where both big-name movies were filmed.
It is the latest achievement for the girl who has beaten scoliosis - curvature of the spine - to become a successful dancer, and is currently learning her craft at the Rambert Dance Company in London.
She wore a back brace for three years, until May last year.
She said: “I’ve overcome the condition to get to dance school. Posture is massive in dance and I’ve had to work on it and to a degree it has affected how I dance.
“I’ve had to learn to move in a different way to other people.
“For the first few months I always felt conscious of myself, especially with the brace, but after a while I realised there was nothing I could do about it, and I had to get on with it, and towards the end of the time I was wearing it I felt a lot more positive - it did not mean I could not do what everyone else can, and that was one of the main reasons I entered the show. I want to show people you should never give up.”
Olivia already has major support in Doncaster.
Kim and Dean have been putting up posters near their home urging people to vote for Olivia, and one of her aunts has been showing footage of her dancing to anyone she can on her train to work in the mornings.
“She’s been showing footage of me on You Tube to complete strangers!” said Olivia.
“I think my family are really proud. I’m really pleased that they are coming to see me because they have given up so much time for me in the past, taking me to dance competitions.”
n Olivia will appear on Got to Dance at 6pm tomorrow on Sky One.