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Style:

Ukranian

 

Members:

Taras; 18, Maya; 15, Sophia; 18, John;  21, Jake; 20, John; 26, Stefka; 18, Maksym; 18, Helen; 18, Halyna; 14, Jaroslaw (Jerry); 17, Zenon;  26, Natalka; 19, Dianka; 19, Stefan; 15, Mariana; 17, Larah; 18, Natalie; 18; Sofia; 18, Martyn; 21

 

Hometown:

Manchester

 

Ambition:

To be professional dancers, dance at festivals around the world, raise the profile of Podilya, win Got To Dance.

 

Influence:

Billie Jean, Spanish music, pop music, Ukrainian dancing, Ukrainian dance group Virskiy, Step Up film, MIA Born Free, ballet, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Michael Flatley.

 

Podilya have been dancing together for over 40 years, with their dancing shoes passing from one generation to the next. All members of the Ukrainian Youth Association in Manchester, the 20-strong Ukranian dancing team are all about family; the group is made up of two sets of sisters and four sets of brothers and sisters, there’s also three couples in the group.

Passionate about their Ukranian heritage, Podilya rehearse together for two hours every week in the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, working hard to bring their colourful and energetic Ukrainian dance routines to the wider public.

Podilya have worked with their current choreographer, Linda Szlachetko, since 1996 and the group travel to festivals and dance competitions within the Ukraine community every year. The dancers have had success in the competition field; they take part in the regional and national annual Ukrainian Youth Association dance competitions in Bradford and recently came first in the Regional Northern competition.

Style:

Lyrical Dance

 

Members:

Octavia, 8

 

Hometown:

Kingston (London)

 

Influences:

Fred Astaire, Michael Jackson and Michael Flatley

 

Ambition:

To be known as the “amazing ballerina freestyle dancer”

 

Octavia might only be eight-years-old – but having been on her toes for seven of them, she already has a dance CV that those three times her age would be proud of.

Beginning ballet training in her native Romania, Octavia studied at the Oleg Danovsky Theatre, the Fantasio Theatre and the La Sylphide School of Ballet before moving to the UK two years ago. Settling in Kingston, London, Octavia has been a pupil at the Arts Educational School of London, the Young Ballet School and is currently learning ballet, flamenco, fusion funk, jazz and “Michael Jackson style” at Pineapple Dance Studios – topped up with dance and singing sessions at Stagecoach.

Alongside her intensive training, Octavia also competes in numerous competitions. She gained first place in the Dansez Pentru Mare Festival in June 2008 and won ‘The Special Prize’ for the best solo dance.  In May 2009 she was awarded ‘The Special Prize’ by The Royal Ballet Prima Ballerina Alina Cojocaru for her performance of the Pointe Shoes at the Shawn Theatre.  In the same month she came first at the GB Dance Festival in the under nine’s category at the Shaw Theatre London and in 2010 won the UK’s Cinderella Mini Miss.  Octavia also has many acting credits to her name – her most recent appearances include playing the lead child actor in the Noms Yogurt advert on ITV1, 2 and 3, Hero Girl in a commercial for St. John’s Ambulance, Maria in the film Red Wagon and Andrea in the film Dora.

Style:

Irish Dance

 

Members:

Colm; 20, Denise; 22, Gemma; 23, Jennifer; 17, Sarah; 24, Emma; 16, David; 20, Claire; 17, Eoin; 18, Mark; 24, Aoife; 22

 

Hometown:

Galway

 

Influences:

Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance, Riverdance Michael Jackson and Usher

 

Ambition:

To be the best dancers they can and get to international level.

 

Mystic Force were formed in 2006, when choreographer Mark and some of the current members met at college.

The group now meet at least once a week to practice and regularly perform together at shows around Ireland – including weddings and charity events. Although Mark and Claire are the main choreographers, they are always open to suggestions and opinions from the whole group.

Many of the group have taken part in national dance competitions and have medals from Connacht Irish Dance Championships, the All-Ireland Championships and the World Irish Dance Championships. As a group, they recently reached the finals of Irish talent show Glass Vegas (shown on Irish speaking TV channel – TG4), finishing fourth.  The group also won the All Ireland Figure Championships.

Mark was a member of the Riverdance flying squad, doing occasional performances at corporate gigs all over the world between 2005 and 2010.

Luke

Style:

Contemporary

 

Members:

Luke, 13

 

Hometown:

Mansfield

 

Influences:

Any dance that makes him smile.

 

Ambition:

To be a professional contemporary dancer, staring in shows in the West End and all over the world.

 

Luke’s love of dance was ignited four years ago after watching a production of Billy Elliot. The story resonated with Luke as he too suffered at the hand of bullies for being different, an experience that has only made him more determined to succeed.

Accomplished at many different styles of dance including contemporary, ballet, musical theatre, jazz and tap – Luke currently rehearses at the Excelsior School of Dance and Gymnastics twice a week for both dance and acro lessons. Luke also attends the Nottingham Theatre Dance School once a week for his ballet lessons and has recently joined the Dance4’s CAT programme, for which he trains every Saturday.

Luke believes his performances are unique because he always plays a character and tells a story by combining his dance moves with gymnastics.

Luke competed in the Disco King Competition in Blackpool in December, 2010 and made it through to the International Ballet Awards in January of this year.

Style:

Popping

 

Members:

Chris aka Crazy Popper, 24

Adam, 18

 

Hometown:

Colchester and Cardowan

 

Influences:

Other dancers

 

Ambition:

To have a good future doing what they love, go all over the world to train with world-class poppers and inspire others to dance.

 

Crazy Popper, aka 24-year-old Chris, is a warehouse worker whose love of popping was ignited when he saw some BBoys dancing while on holiday five years ago. From that point on he taught himself to dance and hasn’t stopped since: dancing at work, home and anywhere else he can – he has even represented England in the Hip Hop Dancing European Finals in Holland.

18-year-old Adam is from a small Scottish village and started dancing four years ago after his cousin took him out to a hip-hop club. Though he took on a joiner’s apprenticeship upon leaving school, Adam soon realized it wasn’t for him and left to pursue a career in dance. Self-taught Adam has since built a small dance studio in his bedroom and teaches three regular dance classes.

Upon being put together as a duo, Adam and Chris’ dads have discovered that they served in regiments next to each other in the army – Adam and Chris have also found that they have mutual friends.

They named their act Liquid Metallic as they think this represents them both as poppers and their varying styles. Crazy Popper represents ‘Liquid’ as he incorporates a lot of waving within his popping and Adam is ‘Metallic’ because he is more of a hard popper.

Lauren

Style:

Lyrical / Contemporary

 

Members:

Lauren, 16

 

Hometown:

Greenock, Scotland

 

Influences:

Bob Fosse

 

Ambition:

To be a successful professional dancer, retire and open a musical theatre or dance school.

 

Lauren trained at the Musical Theatre School in Glasgow from the age of 10 to 15 and – despite her mother’s wishes for her to pursue a career in law – the headstrong dancer has been determined to follow her feet ever since.

At the age of 15 Lauren moved to Australia with her family for a year, where she attended a high-school specialising in dance.  Having recently moved back to the UK, she has now received a grant from the government to attend The Dance School in Glasgow, where she started in September 2010.

Rehearsing three times a week for between 20 to 35 hours, Lauren’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. The young dancer has already sailed through a number of competitions; her proudest achievement being winning the Show Dance category at the European Championships in Brean for two years in a row.  

She has also won the Under 16s category aged 13 and 14, the adult show dance competition with her dance partner aged 14, won first place in both the Scottish and British Championships for fast and slow dance in her age group as well as winning the Champions of Tomorrow award for her slow dance performance and finishing as a runner up for her fast dance.

Members:

Thorsten; 34, Mike; 48, David; 33, Dan; 27, Peter; 51, Chip; 38, Adrian; 45, Stuart; 32, Tim; 45, Graham; 34,Thomas; 37, Benedict; 42

 

Style:

Ballroom and Latin

 

Influences:

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gene Kelly, Artem Chigvintsev, Madonna, Fame, 1940’s Foxtrots & Quicksteps, Jive, Broadway, Hollywood, Cabaret, Michael Clark, Sylvie Guillem, Pina Bausch, Wim Vandekeybus.

 

Ambition:

To get same-sex dancing into the mainstream.

 

Guyz In Sync were put together two-and-a-half years ago by Hadass Armon and Heather Gladding, a couple who run a gay and lesbian dance school in Islington. 

They invited members of their dance school to join the group along with other well-known performers from the same-sex world of dance. The group is now made up of 12 males from all over the world – and with one of the guys in their 20’s and others in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, the age ranges span four decades.

For the members being part of the group is a great social activity and the rehearsals are filled with laughter and lots of camaraderie.  The fun and games haven’t stopped Guys In Sync being serious competitors though – the group already have a handful of awards under their belts including a Gold in their show dance performance at the 2009 OUT Games in Copenhagen, a Silver at the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne and have performed on the main stage at 2010 Dance event Move It!

Style:

Hip-Hop

 

Members:

Lisa, 19

Kelly, 18

Nicole, 16

Jennifer, 16

Roisin, 18

Sandra, 22

Jessie, 17

Catherine, 15

 

Hometown:

Swords, Co. Dublin

 

Influences:

Kaba Modern, Ian Eastwood, Beat freaks, Choreo cookies, Request, Blue Print , Irratic and Poreotix.

 

Ambition:

To be a recognised and respected dance crew internationally.

 

Formed four years ago and made up of eight dynamic hip-hop dancers from The Streets Ahead Dance Studios, Ghetto Fabulous aim to stand out by combining their contrasting styles and attitudes.

Holding annual auditions to ensure the best dancers are selected to join their group, Ghetto Fabulous take part in at least seven major competitions every year.  They have represented Ireland at the World Hip-Hop Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and most recently they were placed 7th in the semi-finals of the competition.

They also took part in the All Ireland Talent Show and got to the live semi-finals which led to them supporting Jedward on tour and dancing behind Westlife at Croke Park in front of an audience of over 80,000 people.  

After failing to get further than the Got To Dance auditions last year, Ghetto Fabulous are determined to impress the judges and win the prize money to keep their dance school running.

Style:

Street Dance

 

Members:

Deelee; 13, Courtney; 12, Jazmine; 11, Tawney; 12, Ella; 13, Jack; 16, Thomas; 14, Jaimee; 14, Elliescia; 13, Harleigh; 11, Gregory; 17, Tara; 10, Brandon; 12, Shakara; 17, Deavian; 12, Ffion; 9, Tayla; 9, Ashlea; 12, Teagan; 9

 

Hometown:

Port Talbot, Wales

 

Influences:

Hip Hop, Diversity and Rihanna

 

 

Ambition:

To become a successful group and dance with big artists.

 

Eruption were brought together as a group 18 months ago by dance teacher Terry. Made up of selected students from his dance school, TDM, Terry welcomed Got To Dance 2010 auditionee, Jack, to the group earlier this year after seeing him on the show.

Self taught Jack failed to impress the judges last year with his street dance moves, despite telling them that he had to stop going to classes when his mum’s cancer diagnosis meant that they could no longer afford it. His poignant story touched a nerve with Terry, who swiftly offered him a scholarship to join Eruption.

Since accepting his scholarship, Jack has been training with Eruption twice a week and their support has given him the confidence to believe in himself and in his dance ability.

Eruption have won numerous competitions as a team including the World Street Dance Championships in Blackpool, which makes them the Welsh, British and World Champions for their age group. They won the British Championships and a Capezio award at the International Dance Festival “Move It” in London and have also danced alongside Diversity and George Sampson at Butlins in 2010. Besides these competitions they have been fundraising and preparing for the World Championships.

Style:

Extreme Freestyle, Martial Arts and Display

 

Members:

Emma, 27

Jay, 19

Dave, 25

 

Hometown:

Essex

 

Ambition:

To make it into the TV industry and continue to perform worldwide.

 

Influences:

Originally trained in traditional martial arts, Elmes 3 Style are a trio of siblings who – after choreographing their routines to music – have entered competitions all over the world and hold no less than 28 titles between them.

Eldest sibling Emma owns a martial arts club in Essex called The Silver Dragons, which pulls in between 50 – 70 members while Dave and Jay are both electricians. The group train at Emma’s club and hope to one day get martial arts display established as an Olympic sport.

Having danced together for ten years, The Elmes 3 Style have competed at the WKA and WUMA World Championships and the US open. The trio regularly perform at weddings and corporate events – but have made one off appearances at Glastonbury, on CBBC’s The Slammer.  

The Elmes siblings have the full support of their parents, who re-mortgaged their house to fund their travel to various competitions.

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