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Big moment for young dancers

A group of teenage girls have performed in front of 90,000 people after being picked to dance at the FA cup final.

The Hartlepool friends Phoebe Hartshorne, 17, Katie Gofton, 17, and Stephanie Roberts, 18, danced during the pre-match entertainment section at Wembley.

The girls are all studying at Tiffany’s Stage School, in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, after being awarded scholarships there last year. They have been keen dancers for years and have done many performances, but nothing on such a large scale.

Katie and Stephanie were previously both pupils at High Tunstall College of Science, Hartlepool, and Phoebe is a former pupil of St Hild’s C of E School.


The girls were picked for the once in a lifetime opportunity to perform at the FA cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea in May, through their role with London dance agency Mass Movement, which organised the pre-match show.


Phoebe’s dad, Phil, 50, of Hartlepool, who watched the girls’ performance on the television, said: “It was a brilliant experience for them, they are still buzzing now.

“They had practiced at the stadium beforehand, but I think the nerves kicked in when they realised they would be performing in front of 90,000 people and another 100 million worldwide who were watching on the television.

“To be fair, they have been performing for a long time so they know how to handle it but I think the sheer atmosphere was enough to get the butterflies going. It’s fantastic for them to look back on.”


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