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Style:

Contemporary Freestyle

 

Members:

Jessica, 11

Brittany, 13

 

Hometown:

Belfast

 

Ambition:

To appear as backing dancers for Kylie Minogue, Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Beyonce

 

Influences:

Michael Jackson, Usher, Justin Bieber

 

Contemporary Freestyle duo Jessica and Brittany met at their local dance school four years ago and have been practicing as a pair ever since.

Brittany’s moves developed from jumping around in front of the TV as a toddler. She’s come a long way since then though and is now a member of the Colin Maxwell School of Dance. Brittany’s solo costumes are also sponsored by the British costume company Obsession – and can cost from around £1000!

Always known as a shy girl, Jessica’s confidence grew hugely after creating a routine to Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head. She’s now a permanent fixture on the dance floor and practices with Brittany at her dance school.

Spending between 25 and 30 hours rehearsing every week, the girls are regulars on the contemporary freestyle circuit and recently won first pairs place at the 2010 World Championships in Blackpool.  Over the past year they also won first place as a pair at the 2010 European Championships in Brean Sands and have competed in the Scottish Championships and the Disco Kid competition in Blackpool.

Turbo

Style:

New School Popping

 

Members:

Issac, 27

 

Hometown:

London

 

Ambition:

To be one of the greatest dancers and choreographers on the planet.

 

Influences:

J Dilla, Prepix street jam 2005, Prepix fantasy performance, Umin Japanese poppers and those around me at my classes and performances.

 

Issac, aka Turbo, felt drawn to the dance floor at the tender age of four, encouraged by his African dancer Mum and Reggae drummer Dad. But school bullying in later years led him to give up dancing, but after watching the film Breakdance when he was 14, Isaac was inspired to try different dance styles including street and hip-hop. Dance has been a part of his life ever since, believing “Music gives me questions, I give it answers.”

Issac’s career has been on turbo speed after coming second in the grand final of TV dance show Bump ‘n’ Grind in 2003/4. Since then, Issac left the bullies far behind and became accustomed to the dizzy heights of showbiz dancing.

His impressive credits include appearances in music videos for Madonna, Jamelia, Will Smith, Mis-teeq, Shaznay Lewis and has also been a backing dancer for Whitney Houston.

Style:

Bboying

 

Members:

Leon; 31, Kayne; 16, Julian;  22, Kelvin; 11, James; 26, Karam; 12, Dominic; 19, Caine; 16, Callum; 10, Ryan; 25, Paco; 27

 

Hometown:

Derby.

 

Ambition:

For Trinity Warriors to be a household name.

 

Influences:

Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video, Justin Timberlake’s Like I love You music video, the films Beatstreet and Step up 3D, and any new music with an interesting beat, from rock music to classical.

 

Formed in 2001, professional dancer Leon is the driving force behind Trinity Warriors and says that each member dances for personal reasons. Some members believe that their focus on dance is keeping them off the streets and away from gang crime.

The Bboying dance group are on a mission to prove that despite the closure of local youth centers in their Derby hometown, there are still positive activities available for young people. With their recent founding of an academy for young people, Trinity Warriors want to recruit more members and help kids channel their time and energy more positively.

Trinity Warriors boasts a young dancing champ in its ranks: 12-year-old Karam who is the Under 18’s Breakdance World Champion. The group have also won awards together and are the 2008 & 2009 UK Bboy Champions and have even been backing dancers for Busta Rhymes.

Style:

Street

 

Members:

Alex; 18, Annabel; 19, Daryl; 19, Levi; 20, Lucy; 19, ‘Gilly’; 19, Shakira; 19, Sophia; 18, Sinclair; 21, Isaac; 23, Sabrina; 21

 

Hometown:

Southwark, London

 

Ambition:

Become some of the best dancers in the UK, put the UK on the streetdance map, show the world their talent, win Got To Dance

 

Influence:

African cultured dance, Hip Hop, Bashment, Michael Jackson, J.Cole, Buster Rhymes, Method Man, Jay-z, Ludacris, Boy Blue Entertainment, So Real Crew, Essence Ladies, James Brown, Usher, Chris Brown, Prince, So Real Crew, Boys 2 Men

 

Trilogy was formed by Gilly when he was just 16, with the group becoming established with fellow dancers Levi and Sinclair. The street group grew to eleven members a year ago, comprising of close friends from South London who find dancing gives them a positive focus in their lives.

Founder Gilly found his dancing legs at an early age; he was making moves right from the moment he started to walk and hasn’t stopped since, believing that one day he’ll be dancing as a full time career.

Trilogy have found competition success in the UK and overseas; they reached the top four in the street dance championships in Italy in July 2010.

Style:

Tap

 

Members:

Sophie; 13, Sarah; 15, Amanda; 14, Adina; 16, Louisa, 16; Kate, 13, Kirsty; 14, Zac; 15, Lauren; 17, Lucie; 16, Ellie; 16, Jessica-Jo; 16, Kathryn; 17, Imogen; 16, Jamie; 14, Liam; 17, Luke ; 17, George; 16, Stephanie, 18 , Rosie , 17, Sophie; 18, Zoe, 21, Stephanie; 19, Alastair; 18

 

Hometown:

Tap Attack are from all over the UK.

 

Ambition:

To blast away the old fashioned stereotype of top hats and canes so that the public can appreciate their modern style of tap.

 

Influences:

The Libertines, Muse, Radiohead, The Cribs, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Jason Samuel Smith, Tap Dogs, Billy Elliot, Pussy Cat Dolls, Jimmy slide, Beyonce, Jackie Crumell, Diversity, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.

 

Tap Attack was born when choreographers Jo and Dean visited the IDO Tap Championships in 2007 and realised that there wasn’t a group representing England. After tap auditions up and down the country, the chosen few were put through extensive training.

As a non-funded team, Tap Attack raise the money needed to participate in competitions by dancing in exhibitions to pay the costs of traveling. Despite the members of the group coming from as far as Scotland, Tap Attack train together in Reading and Swindon.

The fundraising and hard work certainly paid off for Tap Attack when they were ranked 7th in the world last year in the World Tap Championships.  Tap Attack have also danced in well-known shows like Hot Shoe Shuffle, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, Anything Goes, Re-Booted, Riverdance, and Billy Elliot.  

Tamara

Style:

Freestyle Disco

 

Members:

Tamara, 10

 

Hometown:

Musselburgh, Scotland

 

Ambition:

To become a professional dancer and appear on Broadway.

 

Influences:

Lady Gaga, Queen, James Blunt, Janet and Michael Jackson’s music video for Scream.

 

Tamara lives and breathes dance as a regular on the competition circuit and two times world freestyle champion.

This little winner began dancing when her mum took her to dance classes at three-years-old to help her burn off excess toddler energy. Tamara hasn’t stopped moving since and practices her Freestyle Disco up to five hours a day, working with her dance teacher to create the “the most unique, exciting, dramatic routines”.

Tamara wears some incredibly bright and flamboyant dancing costumes, drawing inspiration from her fashion idol pop artist Lady Gaga. With many trophies and medals under her belt, including three gold stars from our superstar judges, Tamara is ready to prove she simply has Got To Dance.

Style:

Acrobatic Gymnastics

 

Members:

Matthew; 25, Jess; 22, Senga; 22, Charlotte; 18, Ellen; 16

 

Hometown:

Southampton

 

Ambition:

For Synergy to perform alongside pop stars and groups like Escala, to show people how beautiful and artistic gymnastics is, to win Got To Dance.

 

Influences:

Michael Jackson, Cirque Du Soleil, Cheryl Cole.

 

Synergy is no stranger to the pressure of high profile competitions; as gymnasts they have been competing and rehearsing five times a week for most of their lives. Despite having no formal training in dance, Synergy fused their acrobatics into a dance routine that impressed the judges and earned them a place in the semi-finals.

This dynamic group met ten years ago at the Southampton Gymnastics Club and began their dance journey just six months ago when they decided to form Synergy specifically for the Got To Dance auditions. Often starting with an inspirational piece of music, Synergy draw creative input from all their members when choreographing their routines.

Getting a gold star from Ashley was a particular highlight for Synergy because of the jaw-dropping acrobatics in street dance group Diversity. Synergy say that getting into the semi-finals of Got To Dance is their biggest highlight yet, but will they top their achievement and make it to the finals?

Style:

Street

 

Members:

Bailie; 12, Holly; 13, Kyra; 12, Malika; 13, Osaj’ie; 14, Tia (aka T-Unit); 10, Zhane; 11

 

Hometown:

Manchester

 

Ambition:

To work as professional dancers around the world in places like L.A and New York, to appear in music videos, films and TV.

 

Influences:

Willow Smith, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Missy Elliot, Ciara, Chris Brown, Nick Bass, Bashment music, RnB music.

 

The sight of Shockarella with their silver painted faces might shock you, but they gave an out of this world performance at their audition and shook judges Ashley, Kimberly and Adam with their moves.

Wanting to be different from other street dancers who wear “shorts and joggy bottoms”, Shockarellas decided on a silver alien “out of this world” theme for their audition.

The street group’s members are firm friends and all attend the same academy in Manchester. Shockarella came together when they applied to an advert looking for a dance crew to enter the U14 UDO championships. They smashed the competition with first place and went on to represent the UK at the Las Vegas Street Dancing Championships and take part in the UK Hip Hop championships.

With a diverse range of dance styles under their belt, Shockarella are committed to their craft and train up to 13 hours a week with their choreographer Chad Taylor.

Style:

Hip Hop

 

Members:

Sinead; 11, Brody; 7, Caitlin; 11, Caoimhe;  8, Dominique; 12, Niamh; 12, Olivia; 12, Oran; 11, Padraigin; 12, Shannan; 12, Shauna; 10, Tiarna; 11

 

Hometown:

Belfast

 

Ambition:

To be famous dancers and choreographers, make people smile, get on stage with Usher, meet Robert Pattinson, win Got To Dance.

 

Influence

Willow Smith, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Diversity, Flawless, Akai, Electric boogaloos, Lady Gaga, JLS, Justin Bieber, Usher, Cheryl Cole, Robert Pattinson, Louie Spence, hip hop, Beyonce.

 

Razzle Dazzle are based in North and West Belfast in Northern Ireland and are made up of eleven girls and one lucky boy called Oran, who loves the female attention.

The hip-hop dancers love the energetic dance routines created by their two choreographing dance teachers, sister Brona and Stephanie. Describing their students as ‘born to dance’, Brona and Stephanie have led Razzle Dazzle to competition triumph, with top ten positions in a Children’s Hip-Hop Formation competition in Germany and the World Championships for Children’s Hip-Hop Formation in Las Vegas.

Razzle Dazzle also scored first place in the British Street Dance Championships and won the All Ireland hip-hop competition in October 2010.

QMX

Style:

Street

 

Members:

Joseph; 33, Alaqyane; 15, Danielle; 24, George; 17, Lakila; 17, Petiri; 18, Taiwo; 21

 

Hometown:

Nottingham

 

Ambition:

To make QMX a household name, teach and perform around the world, help disadvantaged youths, be professional dancers and choreographers, win Got To Dance.

 

Influence:

Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown, James Brown, Drake, Quantum Matrix, Busta Rhymes.

 

After watching the music videos on MTV Base, QMX choreographer Joseph was inspired to try some moves in his uncle’s dance studio; he caught the dancing bug and never looked back.

Joseph went on to found The Quantum Matrix Academy of Excellence in Nottingham in 2005 with fellow professionals, where he gives dance lessons and mentors. It wasn’t long until he decided to create the ultimate dance team. After open dance auditions, QMX was formed in 2006.

Describing their style as smart, casual, colourful and funky, each member is encouraged to express their own unique creativity. QMX try to incorporate as many dance styles as possible into their routines, including salsa, stomp, lindy hop and street.

QMX are no strangers to dancing on television; choreographer Joseph won BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever in 2005.

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