A QUEEN Mary’s College student is set to take to the stage to perform for the world’s most recognisable woman – Her Majesty the Queen.

Morgan Sadler, 17, has been given the chance of a lifetime to perform for the Queen and her guests at a special celebration for her 90th birthday at Windsor Castle this month with her ensemble West End Kids.

The college student was accepted into the fabled dance academy last year and has been training with the prestigious group ever since – commuting from Basingstoke to London every weekend for training.

Morgan will be joined by the 20-strong troupe to dance for Her Majesty alongside more 1500 other entertainers across the three day celebration event.

“At the moment I am nervous,” Morgan said.

“But I think after all the hard work and rehearsals, the more I will become excited about it and enjoy it – even though we haven’t been told how big the audience is going to be for it yet. There has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears already going into the piece but it is incredibly fitting for her.”

Morgan’s mum, Janine Sadler, runs Footsteps Dance School on Essex Road and has been with her every step of the way.

“I’m just speechless,” Janine said. “That’s quite some accolade to have.”

“To be honest I was astounded when she was able to get involved with West End Kids because only one in every 500 applicants gets accepted and it's a testament to Morgan’s determination and hard-work that she got accepted – there were tears all round.”

West End Kids is an elite song and dance troupe which exists to offers both “on the job training” to exceptionally talented singers and dancers from across the UK, and intensive training to assist with gaining places on full-time performing arts courses. Their performances raise money for charities such as Great Ormond Street Hospital and they have danced in front of tens of thousands of peoples at some of Britain’s biggest venues including The 02 Arena, the Royal Albert Hall and at Camp Bestival. 

And Janine believes Morgan’s future is about to start shining bright. 

“As parents we just wanted what is best for her,” Janine added.

“Morgan is such a bright, smart girl that we said she would have to compromise to ensure that if dance didn’t work out for her, at least there was something for her as back-up.

“When she went for the audition, we warned her that she might not get accepted but to take this as a learning opportunity for future London auditions.

“Amazingly she got through and is now performing for the Queen – the family couldn’t be prouder.”