SHE’S a famous dancer who knows what it takes to perform on the big stage.
So Lizzie Gough was more than happy to give up her time and share her skills with budding performers at Buckland Community Centre, in Buckland, Portsmouth.
Lizzie, who appeared in BBC dance show So You Think You Can Dance?, held three workshops focusing on street dance for members of Abstract Dance & Performing Arts.
Up to 100 performers of different ages had a go at strutting their stuff to some hip-hop music before getting their photo taken with Lizzie afterwards.
Lizzie, from Southampton, is also a judge for children’s TV dance competition Alesha’s Street Dance Stars.
She trained at Fitzell-Roberts School of Dance and studied ballet, tap, modern, jazz flamenco and national dance.
The event was held to mark the second anniversary of the school, which is run by principal Amber Leigh Mitchell.
Donna Holmes, of Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham, who brought along her children Katy, eight, and George, 14, said it was great to see them getting valuable experience from a professional.
‘It’s been great they’ve been able to get that kind of experience,’ she said.
‘Lizzie has been great with all the children.
‘She’s always looking at ways to help them.’
Lizzie became a patron of the Portsmouth dance school ahead of a show it performed at The Kings theatre in Southsea, during the summer.
She said it was a privilege to come back to familiar surroundings and give everyone a good time.
‘For me it’s kind of normal – I have come from this kind of background,’ she said.
‘I started off in Southampton so it’s very similar.
‘I grew up teaching kids and teaching people who didn’t have as much as what they do in places like London.
‘It’s great that Amber has brought all these kids together and given them the opportunity to learn from someone who has lots of different experience.’
Lizzie also held a similar event to mark the school’s first year in business.
Amber, 22, of Cosham, said: ‘The experience everyone has been getting is priceless.
‘She’s an inspiration for them to keep working and achieve their dreams.’