A real sister act
These two Blackpool sisters are dancing their way to their dream careers '“ starting with a stint in India.
Jodie and Atlanta Newbold, from South Shore, have been dancing since they were about three years old.
Jodie, 25, attended Collegiate High School and Atlanta, 19, went to St Mary’s Catholic College.
Jodie also attended Phil Winston’s Theatreworks Musical Theatre College and Atlanta went to Preston College, where she has just finished her final year.
The girls – who have another two sisters, Brooklyn, 23 and Madison, 21 – both had dance lessons at Langley’s Dance Centre, in Blackpool.
They will be based in Mumbai, while in India, working on Bollywood movies, award shows and other events.
It’s Atlanta’s first dancing job, but Jodie has already worked in India as a dancer for Octopus Entertainment, and on-board cruise ships – including the Queen Mary II.
Jodie performed when she was younger for many years in the Blackpool Tower Children’s Ballet.
She said she was delighted she would be sharing the stage with her sister.
“We will be doing events together, which is great.
“It will be fun to have my sister with me, and I can help her because I know what to expect, having done it before.
“The first time I went to India to dance, it was a bit daunting, as I went on my own.
“I lived with eight other girls when I got there, but just going out on your own can be quite daunting.
“I’m really pleased to be going to dance in India again and pleased for my sister too.”
Atlanta, who will be working in India for six months, said: “I am really excited. Obviously it’s a completely different lifestyle, so it’s nice to have my sister with me.
“I’ve been dancing since I was about three or four years old.
“I just love it. I feel like a different person when I dance.
“My favourite type of dancing is tap.
“I hope to go on to work on cruise ships, as that’s a great way to travel and see the world, while getting to dance and then eventually, I would like to teach dance, perhaps when I’m older.”