Big turnout at showcase


A young performing arts teacher is living his dream after 300 people attended his class’s Christmas showcase.

Vincent Martin, 30 of his young students and a number of his professional colleagues performed festive dances and songs at the Langley Green Centre on December 14.

He founded The Vincent Martin Company of Dance and Music Theatre (DMT).

Vincent, who attended Ifield Community College, said: “I’m living my dream.

“When I was growing there wasn’t anything as disciplined and as fun to learn - I wanted to set up DMT for that.

“We’ve only been going for just under three months, the show we’ve only been rehearsing for about a month so the kids have done absolutely amazingly.”

The group put on Christmas musical dance routines throughout the afternoon.

Young children gave solo and group singing performances.

Vincent, 24, from Southgate,thanked the Mayor of Crawley, Brenda Smith, who attended, for her support.

Some £600 was raised for the National Kidney Foundation through raffles and collections in under two hours during his free charity event.

Vincent’s mother, Janice Mitchell, is a healthcare assistant at Crawley Hospital’s dialysis unit.

He said: “I can see first hand how difficult it is from my mum, sometimes she can come home in floods of tears because she just lost a patient.

“We’ve lost close people to kidney disease.

“It’s upsetting to even think about, you can see the impact on everyone.”

He added: “We were counting the money last night, it kept going up and up.

“She couldn’t believe it - it was a job well done.”

Vincent, who trained at the Urdang Academy in London, was supported at the event by a number of his close friends who have performed in West End shows.

He said: “It was so the students can look up to them and get inspired.

“They might not get the opportunity to go to the West End and see live shows so by bringing my close friends they’ve done all of that - they are right there.”

Vincent planned to raise money for charities Dyslexia Action and Childline with DMT next year.

His first performance, when he five-years-old, was in aid of Childline and he wanted to help people with dyslexia to achieve their full potential.

He planned to hold annual Christmas showcases and said the group will focus on an end-of-year show next summer. For DMT’s website visit