A SPARK of creativity has resulted in a year of fun and success for two talented South Tynesiders.
Rachael Neilson and Sara Conroy are celebrating the first anniversary of their club, Spark Performing Arts.
The girls, both from South Shields, set up the group so they could share their love for singing, acting and dancing with youngsters from the borough.
Music student Rachael, 21, and 23-year-old Sara, who works at the Riverside Children’s Centre, host their club at Trinity House, in Laygate, South Shields. They celebrated its first birthday on Sunday.
Rachael said: “The last year has been great. The progress we’ve made since we started is above and beyond what we expected.
“We started off with only a few members and slowly, but surely, we’re getting more and more members each week.”
Rachael and Sara run two classes a week, for children of different ages, where they learn songs including chart-topping hits, classic songs, and songs from musicals and Disney films, as well as learn to dance and act.
Rachael said: “It’s just a relaxed atmosphere and there aren’t any competitions or anything like that, it’s just about having fun.
“We were also awarded £500 of funding by the Westoe Village Residents’ Association and we’re performing at the Westoe Village Fete.
“We’re so grateful for the money, which will be going towards booking a bigger venue for our summer show and buying some microphones and a PA system.
“It really had been an amazing year and we want to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us, our friends, families, members, their parents and carers, and the staff at Trinity House.”
Spark Performing Arts run a class on Thursdays, from 6-9pm for those aged 12 and over. A class for children aged seven to nine runs on a Saturday from 10am to noon.
Each session costs £7, but the first taster session is £3.50.
To find out more about joining the group, either turn up at a class or call Rachael on 07504 980390.
People can also visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sparkperformingarts