All aboard as FADD studios win at Tall Ships

Picasso and Street Cred from FADDstudios in a group picture after their performance.'From left to right: Andrew Fisher (Donaghcloney), Rachel Forsythe (Portadown), Thea Liggett (Portadown), Clodagh Bawn (Craigavon), Kaitlyn Best (Portadown), Simone Ferris (Portadown), Sarah Fletcher (Portadown), Karis Humphries (Warringstown), Molly Liggett (Portadown).  Missing from this image are Lile Lavery (Criagavon) and Eve Cuthbert (Portadown).
Picasso and Street Cred from FADDstudios in a group picture after their performance.'From left to right: Andrew Fisher (Donaghcloney), Rachel Forsythe (Portadown), Thea Liggett (Portadown), Clodagh Bawn (Craigavon), Kaitlyn Best (Portadown), Simone Ferris (Portadown), Sarah Fletcher (Portadown), Karis Humphries (Warringstown), Molly Liggett (Portadown). Missing from this image are Lile Lavery (Criagavon) and Eve Cuthbert (Portadown).
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Dancers from FADDstudios celebrated after being chosen to perform at the Tall Ships in Belfast last weekend.

The students from Fiona Bawn-Thompson’s dance school submitted an audition tape to Lidl Ireland, hoping for the chance to perform on the Main Stage during the Tall Ships festivities - and they were chosen as the winners.

After a packed train journey, the day begins.  The dancers with some of their friends and family who came down to support them on the big stage.  More arrived closer to the performance time.

After a packed train journey, the day begins. The dancers with some of their friends and family who came down to support them on the big stage. More arrived closer to the performance time.

“The dancers were overjoyed at this amazing opportunity,” said Fiona, company director at FADDstudios. “There was an overwhelming sense of achievement, and these young people will have memories to treasure forever. We didn’t see it as a competition, but as a display of talent - the acts we shared the stage with were hugely talented professionals from across Ireland!”

Lidl Ireland also awarded FADDstudios with £250 worth of vouchers, which will be used to hold a community day. For more info on FADDstudios and how to enrol, contact fiona@fadd.org.uk

The girls from "Street Cred" crew soaking up the sunshine and getting ready to dance.

The girls from "Street Cred" crew soaking up the sunshine and getting ready to dance.

The Picasso crew - all aged between 10 and 14 years old - dancing onstage for the crowds.

The Picasso crew - all aged between 10 and 14 years old - dancing onstage for the crowds.