SUSSEX Downs College dance lecturer Louise Flood mingled with royalty and Hollywood stars when she was invited to Buckingham Palace on Monday May 9.
She attended a special reception to celebrate young people in performing arts, hosted by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
The dance teacher attended Denton Primary School and Priory School in Lewes, then went to Sussex Downs College in Lewes as a student studying arts, English literature and classics.
Louise, who is from South Heighton said: “The reception was a truly incredible event.
“We were invited to join the receiving line and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh shook hands with each of their 350 guests.
“This was followed by a stunning performance in the ballroom where guest performers including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the royal opera, English National Ballet, RADA, Flawless, Joe McElderry and national youth arts organisations. All the performances were linked to the theme of Romeo and Juliet.
“Guests at the event were invited by HRH from many different areas of the arts and including Dame Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Cullen, Ellie Goulding to name but a few familiar faces that contribute to the support of young people in the arts industry.
“I had a truly fantastic experience, that will never be forgotten.
“It was somewhat surreal to be in the magnificent surroundings of Buckingham Palace and mingling with some truly inspirational people.
“I cannot thank the team at Sussex Downs College enough for nominating me. It really was a once in a lifetime experience.”
Louise set up dance classes in the Seaford area, for children aged two plus.
These classes have now expanded and she runs a small private dance school called Lake Academy of Dance in Seaford.
She is also back at Sussex Downs teaching BTEC and on the FdA programme. Call 0799 0607 072 for further details.