In the fast lane

Five students from Rainford High and Rainford Sixth Form took centre stage at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi in November.

Sixth-formers Ellie Mulhall (17) and Jess Smith (16) were given the unique opportunity through Rainford Sixth Form’s level 3 performing arts BTEC course which is in partnership with a well-known dance school and talent agency in Liverpool.

Whilst Jamie Carter (15), Jess Heddrick (14) and Kofi Wheatley (17) were invited due to their dedicated attendance to workshops and after school provisions at Rainford High.

The budding dancers were part of a 20-strong team that performed at the highly-anticipated event, along with new up and coming girl band, Girl Talk. The trip was part-funded by sponsors, Florida Property Corner.

The dance troupe showcased four high-energy routines to tracks by renowned artists such as Beyoncé and Michael Jackson.

They also got the chance to show off their talents on the main stage within the Yas Marina Circuit before sets from DJ and producer, Calvin Harris and American singer, Pink.

Speaking about the project, Jess Smith said: “Ever since a young age performing arts has been my passion. During my time at Rainford High I knew I wanted to go onto sixth form and study this exciting course which offers endless possibilities for students.”

Principal of Rainford High, Ian Young, said: “We were very proud to see our talented students prepare for their big debut at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. They rehearsed every spare minute of the day and I’m sure they wowed the audiences with their talents.

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