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Bus Stop 'Dancing Queen' Gets Onstage Gig After Viral Video (Video)

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 12:13 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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A British woman the Internet dubbed the "Bus Stop Dancing Queen" earlier this year is taking her viral fame to a new level this weekend when she'll appear in a professional stage show.

Ellie Cole, 35, was caught on tape dancing as she waited for a bus in Eastleigh back in April. A nearby cafe owner filmed her sidewalk performance, set it to Abba's "Dancing Queen," and uploaded it to YouTube.

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Cole's moves — some bouncing, head jerking, and finger wagging with a punch or two interspersed throughout — went viral overnight and caught the attention of Lynne Paris, a local theater director.

"My son saw the video and he said 'you've got to see this mum, she's just like you,'" Paris told The Telegraph. "Wherever I am, if there's music, I find myself jigging along to it. I think anybody who likes music could identify with it."

Paris reached out and offered Cole a part in her new show, "AH Men," which premieres at The Point Theatre this weekend.

Cole reportedly always had dreams of being a performer, and even studied acting and singing in college before she was forced to drop out for financial reasons, NBC News reported.

"I'm just a normal everyday person who happens to like dancing at bus stops," Cole told The Telegraph. "Still to this day I find it hard to believe what happened with the video. It's like 'wow, why me?' [Being offered a part in a show is] very flattering and humbling. There's no doubt it's very exciting."

Cole will sing in the chorus in "AH Men," which tells Paris' real-life story of learning her husband wanted to live as a woman.

Though Cole's bus stop routine was set to "Dancing Queen," she later revealed she was really listening to "Knock Down" by Alesha Dixon.




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