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Cheryl dances to head of line; QUINTON.

Byline: By Poppy Brady

A FORMER line dancing queen from Quinton is swapping her stetson for a corporate suit after kick-starting a new career.

Cheryl Parker, aged 47, was a UK pioneer in line dancing when she successfully organised the Midlands region of the world record-breaking line dance for the BBC's Children in Need Appeal in Birmingham after recruiting all 500 dancers.

A mother of one, Cheryl has taught dance in Dudley and worked as a head dancer on cruise ships and in pantomime.

She has also made regular appearances on a variety of television shows ranging from Dr Who to Casualty.

She has just completed a degree course in performing arts at Birmingham University and has now joined the events team of Birmingham-based Audos, one of the UK's top conference, corporate hospitality and special events organisers.

"I'm looking forward to organising events such as fashion shows, charity galas and corporate parties, for which I will occasionally be auditioning entertainers, DJs and comperes," said Cheryl, who originally trained in classical ballet in London.

"I got into Greek dancing on cruise ships in the 1980s and then line dancing when it came from America in the 1990s," she said. "It's still great fun, especially as you don't need a partner and it's a superb way to keep fit."

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DANCING QUEEN... Cheryl Parker, (seated second left) with Jag Kaur-Dulay, Samantha Holt, Helena Lacey and Amelia Adkins of the Audos events team.
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Date:Jan 10, 2006
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