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Norwich's Roxy takes centre stage on our Dirty Dancing shoot

PUBLISHED: 08:59 04 September 2012 | UPDATED: 09:16 04 September 2012

Dirty dancing fashion shoot. Theatre Royal, Norwich.  Photo: Bill Smith

Dirty dancing fashion shoot. Theatre Royal, Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

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Celebrate Dirty Dancing coming to Norwich by stealing the style of Baby and you will never be put in the corner again, says Emma Harrowing.

The stage is set for anyone who is a fan of the film Dirty Dancing to have the time of their lives, as the musical has arrived in Norwich.

Showing for almost three weeks at Norwich Theatre Royal, the musical retells the story of girl meets boy from the other side of the tracks, falls in love but faces challenges in order to find their happy ever after.

For 21-year-old Roxy Dreyer, from Norwich, the film is one she has watched since childhood.

“I love the film, the music and the dancing – in fact, Dirty Dancing has it all,” says Roxy.

Roxy’s love of dance has somewhat mirrored that of the story’s female protagonist Baby Houseman.

Her childhood was spent in South Africa and from an early age Roxy loved to dance and took tap, ballet and modern classes. Then she moved with her family to Norwich and for a short time the dancing stopped.

“It wasn’t until I found out about dancer Stephen Knights’ dance school in Norwich that I regained my love of dance,” explains Roxy.

“I joined the Knightshift Dance Company a few years ago and I’ve been dancing ever since. These days it is more about hip hop and jazz, which I have learnt at the dance school from scratch rather than ballet.”

Roxy was one of the many dancers that took to the stage at the University of East Anglia on Friday and Saturday as part of the Knightshift dance showcase. She helped entertain the crowds with her hip hop, jazz and contemporary dance sets.

Now Roxy is to take centre stage in another role – as Baby Houseman and star in a Life Matters photo shoot with the male lead of the show Paul-Michael Jones, who plays Johnny.

But before she can meet her lover boy, Life Matters shows her and you how to steal the style of Baby.

See all the pictures from our ‘Get the look’ shoot by clicking on the photo gallery link at the top right of this page.

Clothes: House of Fraser.

Hair: Bryony at Kinki Boutique on Castle Street.

Make-up: Flo at Benefit Boutique in Debenhams.

Shoot location: The Assembly House.

Special thanks to the Norwich Theatre Royal and the cast of Dirty Dancing, and the Knightshift Dance Company in Norwich.

Dirty Dancing is showing at the Theatre Royal in Norwich until September 15. Matinee tickets are still available on certain dates. To book tickets call the box office on 01603 630000.

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