A talented dance teacher from Shirley fulfilled a life-time dream by performing at the opening ceremony of the FA Cup last weekend.
Charlotte Weatherstone, 18, got the opportunity to perform alongside Leona Lewis at the Arsenal v Hull game on Saturday and held the Gunners’ flag on the pitch during the national anthem.
Charlotte, currently studying dance at Performers College in Essex, has dyslexia and dyspraxia but has always been determined not to let the conditions hold her back.
“Dance is all about timing and co-ordination, which is something I struggle with, so it sounds really crazy that I decided to be a dancer,” said Charlotte, who has been dancing since she was four.
“I just found a different way of learning. I am more of a visual learner. If I’m given a book to read, I will go and buy the DVD.
“Yes, it might take me longer to pick up than my other classmates but it’s worth it. If you really want something, you will do it and this is all I have ever wanted to do.
“This has actually really helped me when it comes to teaching other students because everyone has different ways of learning – what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another.”
Speaking about her experience of performing in front of 80,000 people with her dance group at Wembley Stadium, Charlotte added: “It was just immense and something I will never forget. The crowd was amazing and it was such an overwhelming experience. To also be chosen to hold the flag on the pitch was amazing.”
Charlotte is now looking for sponsorship so she can continue her studies at the Masters Performing Arts College.
She has already received sponsorship from local business Morley James Asset Management and Shirley-based Lucent Financial Planning.
If you are interested in sponsoring Charlotte, call Lisa Weatherstone on 07751 439869.