Making a song and dance of it at Glee holiday workshops

SO HAPPY Children enjoying themselves at Fareham's Ashcroft Arts Centre.     Picture: Steve Reid (111406-493)
SO HAPPY Children enjoying themselves at Fareham's Ashcroft Arts Centre. Picture: Steve Reid (111406-493)
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CHILDREN have been spending their Easter holidays singing their hearts out just like their choir heroes in the TV hit show Glee.

A group of youngsters at the Ashcroft Arts Centre in Fareham have been singing, dancing and acting at a workshop based on the popular show.

DANCING FOR JOY Kids practise their moves.    (111406-476)

DANCING FOR JOY Kids practise their moves. (111406-476)

The children, aged between seven and 11, danced to songs by artists such as JLS, Cee Lo Green and Katy Perry.

After practising for three days they then performed in front of their parents.

Charlotte Constantine, local arts development officer at the centre, said: ‘The point of this is to get them up on their feet singing and dancing.

‘It promotes confidence and teamwork and just having fun and being creative.

‘They have been able to make up their own dance moves.

‘They have loved it. Some of them come back every holiday and they always say “what are we doing next time”. Considering they don’t know each other they have gelled really well as a group.

‘They have been given the choice about what songs and dances they wanted to do. We have definitely got some budding performers in here.’

To find out more about the Ashcroft Arts Centre, visit hants.gov.uk/ashcroft.

Meanwhile Portsmouth’s Milton Glee Club Choir has been given a funding boost from cash generated by telephone voters on shows such as How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do.

The MGC choir was handed more than £2,000 by BBC Performing Arts Fund to run one-day singing workshops for anyone aged over 12 – including pensioners.

Linda Taylor, deputy chair of the MGC Choir, said: ‘We want to share the joy of singing and performing in venues such as the Guildhall in Portsmouth and singing with the Royal Marines Bands and some famous orchestras.’

Anyone who wants to take part in forthcoming workshops should contact Linda on (023) 9278 0608.

The group’s next big concert is to be held at Portsmouth Guildhall on Sunday, October 3. It is called 123 Sing! A Grand Concert.

Tickets start from £6.50 and are available from the venue’s box office on (023) 9282 4355.