‘When I’m dancing, I’m in my own little world. It’s my escape’

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AMY TILLER is happiest when she’s dancing. The 17-year-old says simply: ‘It’s my passion and my life.’

Now the talented South Downs College student is set to perform on stage at the Kings Theatre in front of hundreds of people after winning The News Instant Star talent contest.

9/8/11 ST''Instant Star winner Amy Tiller 17 pictured on stage at the Kings Theatre''Picture:Paul Jacobs (112821-1)

9/8/11 ST''Instant Star winner Amy Tiller 17 pictured on stage at the Kings Theatre''Picture:Paul Jacobs (112821-1)

Delighted Amy, of Albert Road, Cosham, will get her own slot in a special Song and Dance 2011 charity gala show at the historic Southsea theatre on Sunday, September 4.

The fundraising event features professional and local talent and is being held in aid of the Kings Theatre Restoration Fund, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Rosemary Foundation. Those performing include West End stars Jack Edwards and Natalie Caswell and the Kings Youth Theatre.

Appearing in the show is Amy’s prize for being the unanimous choice of judges at this year’s Instant Star auditions, held at the Salvation Army community rooms in Southsea.

Amy impressed with a dance routine she choreographed herself, incorporating a mix of contemporary, freestyle and gymnastics.

When told that she’d won, she said: ‘Oh wow, that’s just amazing. I can’t believe it. I’d never auditioned before and it was really nerve-racking.’

Amy is studying for a BTEC in dance at South Downs and is also a pupil at the Phoenix School of Dance in Milton, Portsmouth, where she dances disco freestyle.

She also attends Victoria School of Dance in Southsea, dancing ballet, tap and modern.

Amy started dancing at the age of eight and now hopes to make it her career. She added: ‘I love dancing so much. I’m in my own little world and feel I can escape from everything when I’m dancing. It really makes me happy.’

Mum Lisa said: ‘I’m very proud. She is so passionate about her dancing and hopefully this can be the start of big things for Amy.’