Youngsters dance their way to success

120527-860_PMF_DANCE_SR_13/2/12'Joseph Head performs at the Portsmouth Music Festival tap dance class 56 at Park Community School in Leigh Park.''Picture:Steve Reid (120527-860)
120527-860_PMF_DANCE_SR_13/2/12'Joseph Head performs at the Portsmouth Music Festival tap dance class 56 at Park Community School in Leigh Park.''Picture:Steve Reid (120527-860)
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YOUNG performers have been dancing their way to success as part of the Portsmouth Music Festival.

Dancers took to the stage at Park Community School, in Havant and battled it out in the hope of winning trophies during the seven-day dance section of the festival, which is in its 80th year.

Performers from the age of three to 18 wowed judges with tap, ballet, contemporary, and Greek dance routines.

Performances were scored out of 100.

Budding dancer Samuel Wright, 15, of Harleston Road, Wymering, came away with eight trophies.

This included the classical duets cup for his ballet and Greek routines with dance partner Caroline Herszenhorn, 16, of Fareham, as well as the boys’ aggregate cup for most points gained in each dance section.

Samuel, who attends the Timestep School of Dance, also achieved a 90 mark for his modern dance routine, the highest score of the week.

Samuel said: ‘It was a fantastic week and I’m so glad that I came away with trophies.

‘The festival gives you great experience of performing on a stage.’

Portsmouth Music Festival runs until March 25, when a final performance takes place with winners of each category and invited musicians.

Tickets are on sale at The Kings Theatre, in Southsea.