Bus stop dancer goes from viral video to stage performance

Lindsay Jolivet
Daily Buzz

A little bus stop hip-shaking and three minutes of viral fame have earned a British secretary a spot in a live stage show as part of the chorus line.

The Telegraph reports that Ellie Cole, a 35-year-old secretary from Eastleigh, Hants, England, took her moves from the bus stop to the stage for a song and dance number this weekend after the writer of a musical saw the short video that briefly made her famous.

Cole wiggled, bobbed her head and shook her finger while standing at a bus stop this April, and the owners of a nearby cafe recorded a video of her quiet performance then set it to the song "Dancing Queen" by ABBA. That video now has more than 170,000 views on YouTube and many comments from viewers saying she brightened their days.

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Cole later said she had been listening to the song "Knock Down" by Alesha Dixon, according to the Telegraph.

Among the many eyes on Cole after the video went viral were those of Lynne Paris, the writer and director of the musical AH Men, set to appear at Eastleigh's theatre The Point this weekend. Paris told the Telegraph her son showed her the video and told her the dancing bus stop woman was just like his mom.

"Wherever I am, if there's music I find myself jigging along to it," Paris told the Telegraph.

Cole, who told media she had ambitions to become a performing artist, gave a simple explanation for her public grooving.

"I'm just a normal everyday person who happens to like dancing at bus stops," she told Metro UK.

The Telegraph reported that Cole also appeared in a preview for AH Men this week, after which the audience stood up and danced to "Dancing Queen."

Public dancers often become local celebrities, such as Hamilton, Ontario's "Dancing Guy," who boogies down the street everywhere he goes.