Dancing girls could be on Sports Relief


Three pupils from Mid Sussex are in an Ariel Theatre Company dance troupe through to the semi-final of Sports Relief Does Glee Club 2014.

Their success was seen on CBBC yesterday (Wednesday) after a nationwide search for the most outstanding singing group to perform in the charity event.

The girls are part of Ariel Drama Academy’s seven-strong girl group, Abstract. Aged 13 to 16 years they include group leader Tara Lucas, plus St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill, pupils Dominique Froud (14) and Alice Kelly (13) and Charlotte Burholt (16) from Downlands Community School, Hassocks.

The competition started last October when the teams went into battle against thousands of hopefuls.

From auditions in London they then travelled twice to the BBC studios in Glasgow to compete.

Some 25 groups were whittled down to 15, and then to five, who now compete in the semi-final on CBBC at 4.15pm today (Thursday) when a public vote decides who goes through to the live final tomorrow (Friday).

Ariel founder Nicci Hopson said: “I am so proud of the Abstract girls, they are ordinary young people who have worked tirelessly to develop their singing and performing skills.

“For months they have worked hard to juggle their school work and rehearsals, always giving 100 per cent, even on the way up to Glasgow they were singing in the airport!”

Ariel’s boys’ group called ReAct made it to the quarter finals.