EIGHTEEN months ago Scott Armstrong was travelling the world as a performer in big professional music and dance shows.
Next week, he will be centre stage in a musical in his home town of Huddersfield – and he couldn’t be happier.
For when Scott hits the Lawrence Batley stage on Tuesday in Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society’s new production of the musical Boogie Nights, his partner Danielle Williams will be alongside him playing another of the show’s principal roles.
Home these days is Longwood where Scott, 29, lives with Danielle and their baby son, Harrison Bradley, who though he is just three months old has already been to rehearsals with mum and dad.
So despite the fact that Scott is no longer travelling to America, Asia and Europe in hit shows such as Spirit Of The Dance and its sister show, Spirit Of Broadway, the future couldn’t look brighter.
“I just got to a point as a professional dancer where I was finding it harder to recover after performances. I was having a bit of trouble with my back and I was missing home quite a lot,” said Scott.
“I’m getting to an age where I wanted to settle down, start a family, buy a house and do all the things that I couldn’t do when I was travelling with shows.”
“It is great for me to still get to perform. Next week’s show will be brilliant,” he said.
Boogie Nights is a fun show devised by Jon Conway and packed with Seventies hits.
The Amateurs’ disco divas will have audiences on their feet doing The Bump and The Hustle, dancing along with classics such as You Sexy Thing, YMCA, I Will Survive, In The Navy, and I Love To Love.
Scott and Danielle will be at the heart of a young cast in a show directed by Kevin Moore and choreographed by Danielle’s mum, Adele Taylor.
It’s hardly surprising that both Scott and Danielle ended up in the spotlight. Both their mums know a thing or two about dancing.
“I was born in Sheepridge and my parents still live there. My mum, Susan danced and though she was never a professional dancer, she was very good.
“Mum trained with Audrey Spencer and took me along when I was about two. I’m told that for months, I just sat in a corner and watched until one day, Audrey ran to tell mum that she’d seen me moving to the music.
“My mum never pushed me to go to classes. My brothers Lee and Shaun were not interested. In fact my brother Shaun was a professional boxer for several years boxing under our brother’s name of Lee Armstrong.”
For Scott, though, music and performing were what fascinated him. After being made redundant from Brook Motors where he was in engineering until he was 21, he decided to take the plunge.
“I thought when I was made redundant, let’s have a go at dancing and see if I can do it professionally. I went for a few auditions and then Spirit Of The Dance came up.
“They offered me a job in Israel but it was only for two weeks so I wondered what to do. But I took the job and after that, never stopped working.
“I travelled with the shows to America, Asia and Europe and did tours in the UK. They kept me working.”
A stint in Monte Carlo saw Scott in the sunshine haven for seven months. “Every other car was a Ferrari and if you wanted a coffee there was always the Cafe Paris!”
But Scott’s strong family ties finally made him decide that home was where his heart was and he came back to Huddersfield.
He now works alongside both his brothers and his father in the family plastering business.
“I’d known Danielle for a long time and when I came back to Huddersfield we started seeing each other.
“Her mum is a choreographer and though Danielle is happy as a primary school teacher she loves being in the shows as I do.”
Scott plays the lead role of Roddy in Boogie Nights playing opposite University of Huddersfield student Anastasia Morton as Debs.
Danielle, currently enjoying maternity leave, is cast as Trish with other familiar faces such as Colin Harris playing Eamonn and Steve Redfern as Dean.
As for the next generation of young performers, Huddersfield Amateurs might have to wait a few years but they should definitely keep an eye on young Harrison Bradley.
“Our families are very good helping with baby-sitting but Harrison came with us to rehearsal last Sunday and loved the music.”
See how his parents get on in Boogie Nights at the LBT from Tuesday. Evening performances are at 7.15pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm. Box office is on 01484 430528.