Young dancers record festive charity single

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YOUNG singers had a sneak peek at what the future may hold for them when they recorded their very first Christmas single.

Some 20 performing arts students at Miss Kel’s Dance Academy hit the studio last month to produce a charity record Forever Young in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

The cover of the Care Bear Movie song has now been released and the talented children are hoping to raise enough to bring comfort to hundreds of young patients.

Academy founder and teacher Kelly Wilson, 27, said recording a song with her students was the perfect way to put their talent to good use and give them a taste of the discipline necessary to thrive in show business.

After eight weeks of strenuous rehearsals, the children were finally deemed ready to step into the studio and let their well-trained voices be heard.

“They do dance, singing and drama and we thought it would be nice to incorporate it in our fundraising,” said Kelly.

“It was a brilliant experience for them. We have our own recording studio and we recorded it in four hours on December 1.

“It was the first time they had done anything like that. A lot of them want to be singers and dancers and it was good to give them an insight into how it all works.

“They practiced and practiced and it has paid off with a good song.”

The session proved a challenge for the youngest artist who at just three years old struggled to keep focused as the hours went by but valuable for the older singers who at 12 and 13 years old already have firm career plans in mind.

“Our youngest one was three and the oldest was 13. It was hard for the youngest one to keep his concentration. That’s why we had to do it in four hours.

“It was good of them to do it for children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital. They are all lucky they are healthy children and they get to do things like this.”

The school is hoping to raise £500 for the hospital and has had 150 copies of the record released so far. But staff are prepared to produce more if necessary.

“It would make a great Christmas present and help poorly children,” added Kelly who founded the academy four years ago.

“They have put a lot of work into it.”

The dance academy, based off Paddington Drive, is also raising funds for Cancer Research UK and Kelly is considering mixing a second cover in the New Year to collect money towards vital medical research.

Teachers have also enforced a strict dress code meaning that every child not wearing the proper uniform is fined £1, which goes straight into the charity pot.

Forever Young costs £5 and is available on www.misskelsdance.co.uk or www.facebook.com/misskelsdance

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