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Welsh resort 'double' for Spain


Llandudno stands in for Spain in German pop video

Wena Alun Owen
BBC news website

Marbella, Spain: 32 degrees; Llandudno, Wales: 22 degrees.

Location for filming a pop video about dancing in Espana - Llandudno.

Luckily the "queen of Welsh resorts" rose to the challenge of being the backdrop for model Claudia Ciesla to sing "I Love Dancing in Espana".

Llandudno was beautiful, if a little cloudy, said Germany-based Claudia, 21.

But then "it sometimes also rains in Spain," she added.

The reason for the slightly unusual choice of location for filming the video was her record producer Gordon Lorenz's work commitments.

Mr Lorenz, who lives in the Conwy seaside resort, is due to work with legendary funnyman Ken Dodd later in the week.

Swimming pool

With Knotty Ash beckoning, half-Polish, half-German model Claudia Ciesla, flew into this temporary adopted corner of Spain for Monday's shoot.

Mr Lorenz, who wrote the 1980 No 1 hit, There's No One Quite Like Grandma, for the St Winifred's School Choir, handily has a swimming pool in his back garden, with views of Llandudno's promenade and the Great Orme.

The brief for the song was "something which needed to be easily danceable to, whilst on holiday, centred on Spain", said Mr Lorenz.

To her credit Claudia seemed to take everything in her stride.

Local talent had been drafted in, dancers from the Pearl Shaw school of dance in Colwyn Bay.

As an experience it was "good, different and the weather's OK," said dancer Melissa Gibbs.

Ellie Perrin also enjoyed herself.

"It gives you an idea of what is involved in a music video, but it's also quite intimidating because there are so many people around," she said.

Claudia Ciesla and dancers
The hills are alive... with the sound of a Spanish inspired pop song

Extras Anna-Marie Munro and Peter La Torobe were not sure what to expect.

But Ms Munro was told to "come in a summer dress", whilst Mr Torobe was chosen he thought, "because I'm tall, and I own a dinner suit".

"Dancing in Espana" is Ms Ciesla's second single; she apparently did well with another song in Bavaria last year.

She has also just finished filming a Bollywood film, Karma, which should be released later this year.

The current single, along with the all-important video, is due out in Britain, Europe and India in the next two weeks.

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