Nichola Burley (represented by Troika) stars in the UK's first Street Dance movie is scheduled for release in May 2010.
Burley, who grew up in Leeds, had always assumed she'd follow in her mum's footsteps and become a professional dancer. Even after she was plucked from stage school to star in Dominic Savage's Love + Hate, she returned to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. However, once the film hit cinemas, she was inundated with approaches from agents and casting directors, as well as an offer from Savage to take on a bigger role in his next project, Born Equal, set in a B&B for the homeless and dispossessed.
She then went on to be cast in Souled Out, in which she appeared alongside another rising British female star, Felicity Jones (Brideshead Revisited). The two have become fast friends. "She's such a sweet girl, really intelligent, really switched on. She's a bit older than me so she's like a model for where I'd like to be in couple of year's time. It's weird because I'd love to do the whole period thing while she wants to play more gritty characters."
After starring in the controversial Donkey Punch, StreetDance has combined her acting and dancing talents in the role of Carly.
Burley admits that the audition process was terrifying. "I had several auditions and, when I saw the standard of dancing, I was blown away," she says. "It was scary to watch because I knew that I was up against them in the dancing part of the auditions.
"I’ve danced since I was very young, and I trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, so I am a trained dancer but mainly in ballet, contemporary and jazz. I soon realised it’s all about how you hold yourself. Movements in contemporary dance are very fluid and continuous, whereas street dance is quite rigid, so you have to retrain your body."
CAM) as the loveable Eddie, pictured here alongside Charlotte Rampling.
StreetDance is the first UK full-length feature to be shot in 3D.
The film tells the story of a group of street dancers rehearsing for the StreetDance Championships. When they lose their rehearsal space and are forced to team up with a group of ballet dancers, the dancers are challenged to succeed in a whole new world.