Last waltz in Filey, as dance teacher exits school

A popular member of staff at Filey School who danced for an audience of millions at the Olympic Games has left the school.

Sarah Longley enjoyed her last day at the school on Friday, after spending the best part of a year as a cover supervisor.

She bid farewell to staff and pupils at the Muston Road school in what headteacher Andy Dickinson described as an emotional farewell.

And in a statement, he added that she will be a big loss at the school, saying: “She has done an excellent job and both students and staff will miss her enthusiasm, commitment and talent.

“We all wish her every success in the future and we know already that she will become an excellent teacher.”

Miss Langley made headlines earlier in the year when it was revealed that she had beaten off countless other applicants to dance at the lavish opening ceremony for the London Olympics.

A lack of funding and the spiralling cost of transport to the Games nearly meant that she had to miss the once-in-a-lifetime event.

However various groups and organisations, including Filey Lions and Filey School, came forward with cash donations to make her dream come true.

She was forced to make dozens of weekend jaunts to the capital for gruelling rehearsals.

All of her hard work paid off when she, along with a cast of thousands, wowed the world during Danny Boyle’s multi- million-pound spectacle.

Speaking to the Mercury following the show, she described the event as a “great experience”, adding that it wasn’t necessarily the end of her dancing career, and that she would keep on auditioning alongside her academic career.