Young Americans dance into town

Manor College of Technology pupils and Young American performers singing together. Picture by FRANK REID
Manor College of Technology pupils and Young American performers singing together. Picture by FRANK REID

DANCE and performing arts students got the opportunity to perform with the very best as the Young Americans came to town.

The talented bunch from across the pond stopped off in Hartlepool as part of their whirlwind global tour.

The dancers who are hand-picked from across the world to study dance at the Young Americans College, in California, spent time with pupils at Manor College of Technology and High Tunstall College of Science, both in Hartlepool.

And the town students even got the opportunity to watch the masters in action as the visitors put on an impressive display at both schools.

Delighted town youngsters beamed with excitement and said they “absolutely loved” the chance to watch and perform alongside their American counterparts.

Callum Rayment, 15, a Year 10 student at Manor College, said: “Just the chance to be involved with the Young Americans was absolutely brilliant.

“It was so inspiring and they were really kind and friendly, we exchanged email addresses so we can stay in touch.”

Fellow Year 10 student Jade Walton, 14, added: “It was fabulous.

“It felt like we were all brothers and sisters, they were just so friendly.”

The students at Manor College of Technology, in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, are no strangers to the Young Americans.

Former student James Pattison won a coveted spot at the Hollywood school last year after impressing the stars during a visit to Hartlepool.

Ellie Hopwood, performing arts curriculum leader at the school, said: “The Young Americans visit was absolutely fantastic.

“They really are the very best and it’s an incredible opportunity for our students to perform alongside them.”

The Young Americans are now set to carry on their tour around the UK.

Fellow students from the Hollywood college are currently touring the US and others are doing their thing in Japan.

As well as touring, the talented dancers perform their own shows in California.

In the past the students have performed on variety shows alongside the likes of Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis and Julie Andrews.

High Tunstall students and staff were delighted to welcome the Young Americans into school for the very first time.

Kate Mitchell, drama teacher at the school, said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic.

“Their enthusiasm has been so infectious in terms of motivating our students.

“Our students are already talking about getting them to come back again in the future.”