When dance teacher Amber Leigh Mitchell set up her dance school, she wanted it to be a place of fun where the students could learn dance at their own pace.
Amber set up Abstract Dance and Performing Arts 18 months ago and has seen the students grow to be great dancers.
She says: ‘We had a 100 per cent pass rate for our first exam which is fantastic.
‘The group did it at Buckland Community Centre last Sunday and it was great to see all of them pass.
‘We have a range of ages from five to 14, so it goes to show that all the students are working hard no matter what their age or ability.
‘I am very proud of them.’
She adds: ‘The older children only started in January, so for them to pass just a few months later is a great achievement.
‘The judges were also very complimentary about the group, which makes me even more proud.
‘They congratulated them all and said it was a good set of results for our first exam.’
Amber had to wait nervously outside with the parents while the children completed their exam.
But she was given confidence when the children came out smiling.
‘Obviously we didn’t know when the children came out if they had passed or not,’ says Amber, ‘but they felt confident and knew they didn’t put a step wrong.
‘This gave me confidence and I was over the moon when we found out the next day.
‘I met with the children and they were so happy when I told them.
‘One of the younger kids even cried which was sweet.’
Only the street dance class sat the exam but this is something which Amber wants to change.
She adds: ‘Around September time I hope to have more of the classes sitting exams but for the time being we are concentrating on our summer show.’
Abstract Dance and Performing Arts meet at a number of different venues around Portsmouth and offer different types of dance from modern to jazz.
The group has members as young as 20 months and covers all ages, with the oldest member aged 53.
The group, which is open to boys and girls, is also a great place for members to meet friends and get a confidence boost.
For more information on the classes available, visit abstractdpa.co.uk