IT was a night for hidden heroes to bask in overdue recognition. But also in the spotlight was the best of our local talent. Musicians, dancers and singers took to the stage for eclectic and awe-inspiring performances.
Performers from Ajendance opened the entertainment.
Some of the troupe may have been small in stature, but they all had attitude in bags. They popped, flipped and twirled around the stage of the MAC's theatre in a hip hop routine that would put most street acts to shame. A cheer went up as they left the stage, to be replaced by more of the award-winning dance troupe.
Ajendance is renowned in Belfast for its love of all things dance. Whether ballet, tap, hip hop or numbers from West End musicals, the eclectic dance troupe of young and old performers splice it into their routines.
And that diversity was more than evident at Tuesday evening's glittering Making The Difference awards. No genre was off-limits for the south Belfast dance troupe -- as they opened the show in style.
There was a change of tempo for the second act of the evening. Behind her keyboard and microphone, Belfast pupil Petra Wells brought the house down with a seamless, show-stopping performance of Elton John's Your Song. It was the first time the young singer and musician -- who has played the piano for four years -- performed in public. But the audience was spellbound by her performance.
"She doesn't suffer nerves at all," her mother Jane said. "Petra just loves music and musical theatre and she has been in several school productions for Victoria College. She just loves performing.
"So it was great that the Belfast Telegraph gave her the opportunity to play in public."
After another batch of heart-warming speeches from our worthy winners, the stage was set for the kids from Fusion Theatre in Lisburn. The 30-strong choir -- which was a previous finalist in our Making The Difference awards -- gave a rendering performance of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody for the finale of a night to remember.
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