A group of 35 performers from Abstract Dance and Performing Arts, which holds classes around the area, had the opportunity to dance on the main stage at Ireland’s largest dance event, Perform in Dublin.
Principal Amber Leigh Mitchell is incredibly proud of the work of her dancers, who performed four routines over the course of the weekend event.
The four companies who performed were Distraction Boys, Distraction Juniors, Distraction Youth and Distraction Adults, receiving plenty of positive feedback from the organisers and audience.
Abstract students also took part in industry professional workshops run by people including Adam Garcia, Jennifer Ellison and Layton Williams.
Debbie Pinhorne, parent to performers Keira and Keeleigh, said: 'Amazing four performances on main stage, the dances looked fantastic and were given lots of compliments.
‘Keira and Keeleigh loved all the workshops they attended, especially meeting Layton Williams and Jennifer Ellison.'
Another proud parent, Kelly Hart said: ‘Distraction Dance Company showcased what you can achieve when you work together.
‘Abstract Dance and Performing Arts has given Caitlin loads of amazing opportunities and more importantly taught the team in a world where you can be anything... be kind!'
One student, Maggie-May Leslie, won the singing competition on the competition stage with the prize being a free day trip in Ireland, while another student, Bethany Baxter, was scouted in one of the workshops she attended and won a bursary of $500 to train in Hollywood.
Classes of Abstract Dance and Performing Arts can be found in Bishop's Waltham, Denmead, Fareham, Havant, Hayling Island, Horndean, Portsmouth, Purbrook, Southsea and Westbourne.
Louise Twigg, whose daughter Emily Fletcher performed at the event, said: 'Emily had the best weekend, an opportunity she wouldn't have had if Amber Leigh didn't believe she could be part of Distraction Dance Company.
‘A dancer not only needs skills to be able to perform they also need a strong support network and every single performer had everyone's backs last weekend and all the families that travelled over to Ireland were so supportive towards everyone as well, it was an amazing experience - one we won't forget, that's for sure.’