'Performing is like nothing else', says Glastonbury dancer

A woman in a leopard print leotard dancing on a big stage with a red bakckground and men playing instruments behind herImage source, Lauren Filer
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Lauren Filer has previously performed with some of the world's biggest names in music on the festival's main stage

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Two lucky dancers are gearing up to perform on the iconic Pyramid stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival after succeeding in open auditions.

Lauren Filer, from Bristol, ran the audition on her social media accounts for two spots in her dance team that will take to the stage alongside Shania Twain.

Sophie Barton, from Gloucester, and Candice Scott, from Bath, were chosen from the final few, with Ms Filer adding she "couldn't be happier" with the choice.

Ms Scott, 28, said: "This is by far the biggest performance [I've done]. There is something about performing which is like nothing else, the adrenaline you get - I cannot wait."

Ms Filer has previously performed with some of the world's biggest names in music on the festival's main stage, choregraphing dances for the crowd to join in with.

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Candice Scott said she "can't wait" to dance on the Pyramid stage

Glastonbury Festival has posted a clip on X, external [formerly Twitter] of Ms Filer and her team showing festival goers their "flash mob" style dance for Shania Twain's 'That Don’t Impress Me Much', during which they will encourage the Pyramid Stage crowd to dance along with them.

Ms Scott said all of her family plan to watch her dance, when it is shown on TV.

"I still haven't processed that I was picked," she added.

"It's coming around quickly - I can't wait."

Ms Filer, who has previously shared a stage at Glastonbury with artists including Pharrell Williams, Barry Gibb, Rick Astley and Chic, was inundated with entries when she launched the open auditions online.

"Sometimes it takes someone to open that door for you," she said.

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Lauren Filer shared the Pyramid stage with Rick Astley in 2023

Ms Filer whittled the entrants down to her 10 favourites and then held a live draw to pick the two chosen dancers.

"I think both Sophie and Candice are natural born performers in terms of stage presence," she said.

"I'm really happy it was those two. They will both be able to captivate the crowd."

She said Ms Scott "has got a beautiful story with dance" and has been through a lot, including two hip surgeries.

Ms Barton previously danced in holiday parks and now teaches dancing.

"She’s so excited to do something on this scale," said Ms Filer.

She added that Ms Barton's reaction was "insane" with her family popping open a bottle of champagne in the background.

Now the plan is for the group to get custom outfits made by a local designer.

"This year I just wanted it to be a bit more fabulous," said Ms Filer.

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