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PUBLISHED: 17:03 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010

DANCE DELIGHT: Callum Sullivan.

DANCE DELIGHT: Callum Sullivan.

TALENTED teenagers staging a night of top entertainment. Twenty eight acts, including street dancers, rock bands, a baritone singer and a juggler performed to a packed Woodville Halls as part of the Gifted Young Gravesham on Saturday evening. The origin

TALENTED teenagers staging a night of top entertainment.

Twenty eight acts, including street dancers, rock bands, a baritone singer and a juggler performed to a packed Woodville Halls as part of the Gifted Young Gravesham on Saturday evening.

The original idea for the event came from young people at the Grand, a multi-agency partnership between Gravesham Borough Council, Kent County Council's Youth Service and West Kent Primary Care Trust.

Jodie Hamilton, 26, a senior youth worker of Chalk Road, Gravesend, helped youngsters organise the event.

She said: "There was a full house and a fantastic atmosphere and all the acts were amazing. A huge thank you needs to go out to all the young people that auditioned, especially the ones who performed. Also thank you to the committee who raised funds to make it happen and had the enthusiasm and commitment to see it through to the end.

"I'm honoured and proud to have been part of such an amazing event with the young people of Gravesham."

Among the 700-strong audience on the night was Maggie Patterson, principal of Pineapple Performing Arts School, Covent Garden, London.

She said: "There was a lot of talent there. The variety of the acts was great. I thought the street dancers were superb, the Bollywood dancers were great and it was nice to see some of the other acts like the juggler.

"There were definitely some great artists there who with the right training and the right backing could make a career in performing arts."

A 12-year-old Irish dancer who also performed is now heading to America to compete in the world championships after finishing fourth in a regional competition.

Callum Sullivan, of Vigilant Way, Gravesend, booked his place at the Irish Dancing World Championships in Philadelphia, USA, next April after dancing his way to fourth place at the Irish Dancing Southern Regional Championships in Brocksborne, near Hertford last month.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to the world championships. My favourite dancer is Michael Flatley, he's got really quick feet."

The Gravesend Grammar School student started Irish dancing four years ago and trains two or three times a week at the Fianna Academy, in Borough Green.

Speaking about the show on Saturday he said: "It was really good. It went down really well with the audience so I was really pleased.

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