Teenage dancer hopes to make her late father proud by forging West End career
A TEENAGE dancer wants to make her late father proud by forging a career in the West End.
Charlotte Bradley was just four years old when her 27-year-old dad, Michael, died in a moped accident.
She has been dancing seriously for 11 years and has now been accepted to do a foundation degree at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
The 18-year-old, of Wellington Street, Grimsby said: "I was always dancing around when I was younger and I still am today.
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"It was my dad's dream for me to become a professional dancer."
Charlotte's father died on April 16, 1998, two days after crashing into a stationary lorry on Estate Road 5, in Grimsby, on his way to work at Coldwater.
"I want to make my dad proud," said Charlotte.
"I'm not eligible for any student funding and I am now appealing for help to fund the £9,000 fee for the course, which begins in September. I have always wanted to go there and if I can't raise the money it will be really hard for me to go.
"It is my dream to be in the West End. If anyone could help me it would be amazing but I first want to thank everyone who has got me to this stage."
As well as specialising in jazz and modern dance, Charlotte gained a grade five in ballet and scored 90 out of a possible 100. Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts alumni include The Wombats, Sandi Thom, theatre director Jamie Lloyd, actress Liz White, who appeared in the film The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe, and dancer Jason Guest, who is performing in the world's most successful production of the musical Starlight Express.
Proud mum Emma Holmes, 38, said: "My daughter has cost me a fortune over the years and it has been very hard as a single parent.
"At times I have thought about pulling her out but in the end I just couldn't do it.
"She is incredibly talented and always gets top marks in everything.
"I want help to make my daughter's dreams come true. It would be a terrible shame if she couldn't continue dancing.
"I can't say how much I want someone to come forward and help us out as much as they can."