Queen’s delight at invitation to Emsworth dance school jubilee show

ALL THE MOVES Melana Dance invited The Queen to their show.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (120325-7757)
ALL THE MOVES Melana Dance invited The Queen to their show. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120325-7757)
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DANCERS are so proud of their upcoming show to celebrate the jubilee they invited the Queen.

The performance at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday is dedicated to Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, so sisters Freya, Poppy and Ruby Chandler thought it only right to invite the guest of honour.



In a letter to the Queen the girls, whose mother Louisa owns the Emsworth-based Melana School of Dance, said: ‘If you were able to come our mummy would be able to get you a good seat as she is the ballet teacher.’

And in response the Queen’s Lady in Waiting, Phillipa de Pass said the monarch was ‘touched’ by the invitation but sadly couldn’t make it.

She wished them well with the show.

Louisa said: ‘The show is a celebration of all the decades of the Queen’s reign so we have songs and dance from television and film throughout the eras and also performances of royal engagements including the Chelsea Flower Show, Remembrance Sunday and Royal Ascot.

‘It’s a fantastic show and the kids can’t wait to perform it.

‘It would’ve been lovely for the Queen to be here but we understand she’s very busy.

‘We thought it was so good of her to ask her Lady in Waiting to take the time to reply.’

The show, Diamond Celebrations, will feature songs such as Marilyn Monroe’s Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend and Shirley Bassey’s Diamonds Are Forever.

There are 200 dancers from aged four to adults.

Tickets cost £7 and are still available for the shows at 3pm and 6pm.

To buy tickets go to portsmouthguildhall.co.uk or buy them on the door.