Hampshire dancing queen will tread the boards in professional play Ah Men

Ellie Cole is taking to the stage

Ellie Cole is taking to the stage

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SHE became Hampshire’s online dancing sensation after a video of her bus stop boogie went viral.

Now Ellie Cole is swapping the bus stop for the stage, treading the boards in a professional production.

The 35-year-old, from Southampton has been invited to take part in the performance of play Ah Men at The Point Theatre in Eastleigh this weekend after the writer saw her video by chance.

Not only this, she will be showing off her moves to hundreds at the Eastleigh Mardi Gras today, where the cast will be performing.

Ellie studied performing arts for a year at Eastleigh College, but had to drop out after she lost her job and could not afford it.

She said this was a chance to fulfil her stage ambitions.

“It’s very flattering and humbling,” said Ellie, who attended rehearsals in London last week.

The Daily Echo reported in April how administrator Ellie was caught on camera by a couple who had spotted her dancing as she waited for a bus on Bishopstoke Road, in Eastleigh.

Before long a video of her strutting her stuff, called ‘Eastleigh’s Got Talent’, had been seen by a global online audience of hundreds of thousands with the backing music of Dancing Queen, by Swedish group Abba.

Lynne Paris, writer and director of the show, said she always looked to try and include local performers and by chance came across Ellie’s online boogie a few weeks before.

Tracked down “My son saw the video and he said ‘you’ve got to see this mum, she’s just like you’.

“Wherever I am, if there’s music I find myself jigging along to it.

“I think anybody who likes music could identify with it.”

When she realised Ellie was from Eastleigh, she tracked her down.

Lynne’s play Ah Men is based on her own experiences after learning that her husband – a public servant working in Hampshire – wanted to become a woman.

Ellie, who lives in St Mary’s and works for MTS Cleansing Services in Eastleigh, will feature in the chorus line in the first act, which is a club scene and will be doing a group singing and dancing number.

Alongside her role in the actual show tomorrow, Ellie will also be performing with other cast members in an extract from the show being put on at the Leigh Road Recreation Ground as the finale to the Eastleigh Mardi Gras procession today.

The plan is to get people up and dancing afterwards to Dancing Queen, in tribute to the backing track on her memorable video.

Ellie said: “I’m just a normal everyday person who happened to like dancing at bus stops.

“Still to this day I find it hard to believe this has all happened.

“It’s like ‘wow, why me?’.”

Tickets for Ah Men are currently two for one – call the box office on 023 8065 2333.

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