Dancer stars in Olympic performance

Catchline: DANCEEB''Sheffield girl Daniella Varadi is to star in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.
Catchline: DANCEEB''Sheffield girl Daniella Varadi is to star in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.
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MILLIONS will watch a Sheffield dancer fly the flag for her city when she stars in the biggest show on the planet - the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Daniella Varadi, originally from Dore, has been selected from 15,000 auditionees to take part in spectacular celebrations launching the historic UK games this summer.

The 24-year-old budding opera singer hopes to put Sheffield on the map, along with old King Ecgberts schoolfriend and heptathlete hopeful Jessica Ennis, after the exciting news was confirmed.

Daniella, daughter of Owls legend Imre, said: “I wanted to dance in the Olympics because I’m so proud to be British, I already had a connection through Jess Ennis, who was in the year above me at King Ecgberts School.

“My family are so proud of me, my mum is absolutely ecstatic because she knows what I hope to do and this is the biggest audience you can get.”

The eyes of the world will be on London for the Olympic opening ceremony on July 27.

Much of the spectacular detail has yet to be decided but it will include an appearance by the Queen, a parade of athletes and the ceremonial lighting of the flame.

All Daniella knows so far is that her jazz and hip hop dance skills are to be showcased with the performance of a lifetime and around 50 others in her group.

Daniella, who is studying classical music at the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire music college, added: “When I found out I couldn’t stop smiling.

“It is so fantastic for my CV because there really isn’t a bigger performance you can do.

“I think there is going to be 80,000 people there watching the show and then all the other people around the world tuning in.

“From 15,000 people auditioning there will be about 50 I think in my group. I have no idea what exactly we’ll be doing until the training starts in April.

“I’m just really looking forward to it and can’t wait to get stuck in.”

All-round performer Daniella has broken into the acting business as an extra for new BBC2 police drama Line of Duty while hoping to make a career as a mezzo soprano singer, already securing shining reviews.

It is her hope to tour the world singing opera and taking it to a younger audience.

Proud mum Jane Dolby, of Ecclesall, said: “Daniella has great hopes and ambitions for the future and really wants to help to bridge the gap between opera and young people.

“The family are extremely proud of her continuing achievements, we think that she is a real triple threat!”