DANCING queen Amy Tiller put on the performance of her life last night – and now she just wants to do it all again.
The 17-year-old had never appeared on stage on her own before. But she soon forgot the nerves and, in front of 800 people at the Kings Theatre in Southsea, put on a display that drew loud applause.
Amy, of Albert Road, Cosham, was given her own slot in the Song and Dance 2011 charity gala show after winning The News’ Instant Star talent contest.
An excited Amy said: ‘At the rehearsal, I was a bit overwhelmed when I saw how big the theatre was. But I just loved being up there on stage and got a real adrenalin rush.’
Watched by 20 family and friends, including proud mum Lisa and boyfriend Johnny Ansell, Amy mixed contemporary, freestyle and gymnastic dance in a routine choreographed to California King Bed by Rihanna.
Sandra Smith from the Kings said: ‘I’m so pleased for Amy. The audience reaction was amazing and I think we’ll hear more of her in the future.’
Amy is studying for a BTEC in dance at South Downs College and is also a pupil at the Phoenix School of Dance and Victoria School of Dance in Portsmouth.
She added: ‘The whole thing’s been amazing and now I just want to do it all again. It’s been a real confidence-booster for me.’
The gala show featured professional and amateur talent from the Portsmouth area and was held in aid of the Kings Theatre Restoration Fund, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Rosemary Foundation.
Performers included West End stars Jack Edwards and Natalie Caswell, 3Js Theatre Arts, Kings Youth Theatre, Shep Woolley, Portsmouth Players, South Downe Musical Society Concert Party, Annabel Roberts and Rebecca White from Portsmouth Grammar School, Phoenix Acro and Melo.