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ONCE you got your ticket there was only one place to go – Dance Destination.

Havant Sixth Form College students, doing their final year in A-level travel and tourism, hosted a charity dance evening.

Dance Destination was a great success on Monday evening at Havant College with the proceeds going to the well deserving 'Over the Wall ' Children's Charity''Picture: Malcolm Wells (14355-8002)

Dance Destination was a great success on Monday evening at Havant College with the proceeds going to the well deserving 'Over the Wall ' Children's Charity''Picture: Malcolm Wells (14355-8002)

The event, which took place last night in the college’s studio theatre, collected funds for Havant charity Over The Wall, a Havant-based organisation, which offers free therapeutic, recreational activity camps to boost the confidence and self-belief of seriously ill children.

The evening was put together by five students as part of their events management module.

One of the organisers, Grace Gibson, 18, said she has gained a lot of experience by putting on the show.

She said: ‘This has been a really good experience for all five of us.

‘It’s taught us a lot about organising an event, and making sure it all goes well.’

The students were selling tickets for the show for £5 each.

Grace added: ‘We picked Over the Wall because it’s local. We had already made £140 on ticket sales alone, and we were really pleased with that. We also sold refreshments and had a raffle draw – all that money is going to the same charity.’

The evening was split into three parts, taking audience members to different countries through dance.

Styles of dance and music included jazz and street dance for America, and burlesque for France.

There were also dances from musicals.

The dance schools present were Southzone Dance Academy, Synergy, Poleacademy and Arabesque School.