Sheffield pupils wow the crowds

Youngsters stage one hour show following workshops with the Young Americans.
Youngsters stage one hour show following workshops with the Young Americans.
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Hundreds of people were wowed at a show by Sheffield pupils whose confidence was transformed in a special workshop.

More than 170 students from Stocksbridge High, Stocksbridge Junior and Deepcar St John’s Primary were taught a variety of songs and dances as part of the programme.

A group called The Young Americans, who have toured internationally and now take music workshops around the country, held sessions with the youngsters.

And the children showed off their new skills – picked up in just three days – as part of a one-hour show which marked the end of the experience.

Carole Middleton, who works at Stocksbridge High and organised the event, also enjoyed the workshop when she was a pupil.

She said: “The experience and impact of being involved has stayed with me over the years.

“The Young Americans focus on bringing people out of their shells and building on their confidence and self-esteem.

“You can see the amazing transformation in the students over the three days.

“From them going red in the face with embarrassment because a Young American is dancing next to them to standing up in front of 450 people and singing a solo – that is an amazing achievement for anyone.

“Over the three days you see them with such enthusiasm over what they are doing, they are fully engaged and learning all of the time.

“Not just the routines, but learning about a different culture and how far they can push themselves.

“The Young Americans bring an experience that leaves a lasting impression on the participants, host school and the local community.

“Many of the parents that came to watch the show left with a look of astonishment over what the students had accomplished in such a short space of time.”

Students welcomed the workshop group with a flash mob at Stocksbridge High, before the workshops took place at the school over last weekend.