Pop stars’ academy makes a difference

CLASS ACT Sean and Sarah Smith with their students.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (113790-1)

CLASS ACT Sean and Sarah Smith with their students. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113790-1)

From left, Ella Rose, five, Emily Rose, five, and Louise Rose, 13. The Sir William Dupree & Phyllis Loe Chess Tournament, taking place at Portsmouth High School in April, is aimed at young people of all ages.

CAPTION: From left, Ella and Emily Rose, five, and Louise Rose, 13.

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DOZENS of youngsters who have been mentored by pop duo Same Difference definitely have the X Factor.

Up to 50 children – aged seven to 12 years old – have been working on their singing and dancing techniques at the first-ever Same Difference Pop Academy this week.

The schoolchildren from across the area spent four hours every day doing choreographed routines to 90s pop songs and modern day chart-toppers – with the help of siblings Sarah and Sean Smith, who shot to fame in 2007 when they came third in The X Factor.

And this Saturday they will proudly showcase everything they have learnt to an audience at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Copnor.

Sarah, 22, said: ‘It’s been fantastic. The children are absolutely brilliant and there are certainly a few stars in the making.

‘Some of the children who have never had any training in their lives are naturals at singing and dancing and it’s been lovely to help nurture that.

‘The atmosphere has been so nice and everyone is learning a lot but enjoying themselves at the same time.

‘I’m really looking forward to the show on Saturday.’

Seven to 16-year-olds are encouraged to sign up to the next set of workshops in the February half-term. For more information visit sdpopacademy.com.

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