Dansworks Pupil Dotty’s TV Fame

CREATIVE Dotty Davies has become a star in her favourite band’s new video after the storyboard she designed won a national competition. Dotty, 10, from Cowpe, is a huge New Hope Club fan and an avid viewer of the children’s TV programme Blue Peter. When it was announced that the group was looking for children to design storyboard for a video to accompany their Christmas single, she had to enter. As part of the competition, she also had to write about her favourite engineer and she chose Dorotheé Pullinger – who started a college for women engineers and redesigned the car to be more suitable for women

She had previously written a music video for her school Waterfoot Primary, which earned her class an amazing trip to Majorca. Dotty, a dancer Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts in Bacup, said: “My inspiration for the storyboard came from seeing Joe Suggs dancing to A-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ on Strictly Come Dancing. I enjoyed it so much I watched the original video. My storyboard started with a girl in a shabby cramped room, drawing a colourful picture of Christmas with her favourite band. As the video progresses she finds herself in the picture.”

Dotty was at her grandparents’ caravan when she got a call from CBBC to say that she had won the competition. She said: “I was jumping up and down, but I could only tell a few people that I had won and that was hard keeping it quiet.”

Dotty was invited down to the show at Salford Quays, where she met the cast of Nativity Rocks who were doing a pre-recording and then she met presenters Radzi Chinyanganya and Lindsey Russell. She said: “Radzi gave me some good tips on presenting. It was quite exciting but really tiring. We went down for 9am and didn’t finish until 7pm.

Dotty got to be first assistant director at the shoot in Shoreditch, London, when her storyboard became a real video for ‘All I Want For Christmas’. The producers liked her ideas so much they also cast Dotty in the video. At one stage she has to spin round 15 times and she said it took 21 takes before producers were happy with everyone’s performance and that the lighting was right. Dotty was born with talipes, more commonly known as club foot, which left her with a weak ankle; she also has hearing problems. Since the age of three she has been attending Dansworks and that has strengthened her ankle obviating the need for any operations. Attending the classes has also boosted her confidence.

Her mum Sarah said: “She has private lessons with Principal Karen Roe and she has instilled in Dotty that she can do anything that she wants to do. She loves the family atmosphere and that everyone is given the chance to succeed. Dansworks has helped her to overcome a range of different life challenges and given her life skills like tenacity, patience, memory skills, teamwork and concentration as well as physical fitness.”

She also won inventors’ kit from the Institute of Engineering and Technology and an orange Blue Peter badge. Dotty, who saw New Hope Club at Manchester Arena, will next be seen on the programme on December 20 when group’s Christmas single is launched.

Story by Catherine Smyth Media

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