A LIFELONG dream has come true for a Hartlepool dancer who has landed a role in a hit West End show.
Amanda Ainsley, 25, has made her debut in the musical We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in London.
And as she took a break from her hectic schedule, she said: “It is harder than I expected it to be, but I am living my dream.
“I was so terrified on the opening night but once I got the first number out of the way, it was amazing.
“I remember when I was 12 and I said to my mum ‘I want to go to London and be a dancer’. She and all my family have been amazing.”
Proud mum Janet Ainsley, 56, from Clavering Road in Hartlepool, said: “It is so exciting. This is all she has wanted to do since she was three years old.
“She used to dance around the house all the time and I think she was born to this. It is fantastic that she has got this place.”
Amanda began her training as a three-year-old at the Lena Whitelock School of Dance.
She developed her abilities in tap, ballet and stage at performing arts schools across town before ultimately completing her basic training at Nadine’s Academy of Dance in town.
Afterwards, she started professional training at the Newcastle Performance Academy as an 18-year-old and completed her training at Bird College in Sidcup in 2009 where she achieved a BA (Hons) in Dance and Theatre Performance.
Amanda is a former student of Clavering Junior School, St Hilds Secondary Modern School, Brinkburn College and the Allyson Moore School of Music.
After she completed her education, then came the search to land a role in a top play. Amanda’s persistence paid off and has appeared in productions including pantomime in Northampton alongside star singer Ray Quinn.
Now, though, she has achieved her West End dream.
Janet, who is married to Alan Ainsley, 55 who works as a project manager for a Stockton engineering firm and who has another daughter Kylie Ainsley, 28, added: “This was Amanda’s third audition for We Will Rock You and she did it this time. It is such a joy.”