X Factor duo to open town Pop Academy

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 January 2013

Sean and Sarah Smith opening a 'Same Difference' pop academy in Weston.

Sean and Sarah Smith opening a 'Same Difference' pop academy in Weston.


A POP duo will run their very own music academy for youngsters in Weston next month.

Same Difference, who were X Factor finalists and have been appearing in panto in town, will host the workshops at the Winter Gardens.

Otherwise known as Sean and Sarah Smith, the duo will run Pop Academy in February half-term and will give children aged seven to 12 and 13-16 the chance to learn, improve and perform some of their favourite songs over five days.

Same Difference will work on choreography, vocal skills and performance with the youngsters.

At the end of the week the children will be able to show off the skills they have learned in a concert at the The Playhouse in High Street for friends and family.

Sarah said: “We’re not just putting our name to the academy, we are going to be hands on and work with and teach the children.

“It’s not just for kids who can already perform - everyone is good at something.

“Every child has got talent.”

Sarah and Sean have already been running their flagship pop academy in Portsmouth, which started two years ago and are set to run one in Hertfordshire later this year.

If the Weston one is successful they plan to come back to town to run further sessions.

Numbers are restricted for the academy, so it is on a first come first served basis.

Sean added: “We will see something in people and bring it out of them.

“This is about having fun and enjoying it.”

Sarah and Sean are already familiar with the Weston area, having visited many times.

Their uncle Larry and aunt Paula own Berrow News in Berrow and they have been appearing in pantomime at The Playhouse in Sleeping Beauty over Christmas as the Lilac Fairy and Prince Charming.

Visit www.sdpopacademy.com/courses for more details or to enrol.

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