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On Thursday evening, I watched a community of young, enthusiastic and vibrant dancers from various groups in Portsmouth take to the stage in a one-night fundraiser.

The performers from dance groups like Most Wanted and Streetforce DC all contributed to raise money for Dance Africa, a project to engage African children in performing.

The event at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea was bursting with energy which increased as the evening progressed, and organisers said they were highly excited by the result.

Olivia Ware, 13, from Ignite (part of Most Wanted) said: ‘I have been dancing for about a year and love everything about it.’

‘Evenings like this are great as they allow all the different dance groups with different abilities to come together

and raise money for a good cause.’

The evening also consisted

of music performances where young dancers sang a couple of songs to add contrast and a twist to the evening.

Parents looked very proud. One of them was Tracy Carroll, who said: ‘It’s emotional seeing the children up on the stage as they do so well.’

Youngsters were thrilled about raising money for such an incredible cause.

This just goes to show how a community of young people can work together to make a change.

· This week it’s all been about the positives young people can achieve when they work together.

Even though we enjoy what we are doing, I believe that at times it is important to step out of our comfort zones in support of this.

If we do something we aren’t necessarily comfortable with and eventually complete it, then we will be rewarded with great things.

An example would be when I danced on stage in a show for people’s entertainment.

Now I’m not a dancer and people could clearly see I wasn’t. But the fact that I stuck with it and tried hard paid off.

When the group I performed with received compliments I felt great.

Stepping out of our comfort zones can be highly beneficial and can encourage us.