Baby ballerinas are stars of show

Children performing in the Chichester and South Hampshire Baby Ballet Show at the Fernham Hall in Fareham.''''Picture: Steve Reid PPP-141105-201935006
Children performing in the Chichester and South Hampshire Baby Ballet Show at the Fernham Hall in Fareham.''''Picture: Steve Reid PPP-141105-201935006
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LITTLE stars gave their all in their debut ballet performances before proud relatives and friends.

The group of about 90 children aged between two-and-a-half and four wowed their audience at Fareham’s Ferneham Hall during two performances yesterday afternoon.

Children performing in the Chichester and South Hampshire Baby Ballet Show at the Fernham Hall in Fareham on Sunday.''Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography PPP-141105-201903006

Children performing in the Chichester and South Hampshire Baby Ballet Show at the Fernham Hall in Fareham on Sunday.''Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography PPP-141105-201903006

The tots are all members of Babyballet and attend classes across the local area.

They were watched by up to 400 people as they took to the stage for Starmakers – accompanied by Twinkle the Babyballet bear, Flutterby the Fairy, and Chuck the Cowboy – to tell a story that was narrated by Jamie Riley.

Sections in the two shows ranged from animals to teddies, fairies, the seaside, swans and a tap section, with each of the young dancers dressed in full costume for their performances.

Karen Russell is a franchisee of Baby Ballet south Hampshire and West Sussex and set up the groups just over a year ago.

She now runs classes in 11 locations from Chichester to Romsey which are taught by teachers Jessica Smith and Lucy Hoareau.

Karen said of Sunday’s shows: ‘It’s been amazing. I’m so thrilled.

‘They are all doing their very best.

‘We have got a few reluctant ones in there but they are all trying.

‘There are a variety of performances and songs.

‘There are animals, so some of them are dressed up as cats or dogs and other animals.

‘There are also tap dancers performing Singing In The Rain.

‘They all do about three songs each, then we have a seaside section doing Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini and other songs.

‘The show lasts about an hour.

‘I have got two wonderful teachers, Miss Lucy and Miss Jessica.

‘They are amazing.’

‘It gives the pupils their first stage performance.

‘They are all enjoying it.’

Students from Fareham College helped out with hair and make-up for the youngsters’ two debut matinee performances.

The shows were produced by Donna Greenwood, Stephanie John and Claire O’Connor.

For more information visit babyballet.co.uk