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Ella

Style:

Lyrical Contemporary

 

Members:

Ella, 12

 

Hometown:

Penzance, Cornwall

 

Influences:

All music and dance.

 

Ambition:

To perform in the West End and become a household name within the dance world.

 

Ella started learning ballet when she was six-years-old after telling her mum that she wanted to be a fairy. Abandoning her original ambition, Ella later took up street dancing and travelled the UK competing in freestyle, slow dance and hip-hop championships. Since then she has won the Street Dance World Championships aged 10 and the UDO Championships with her group, Sweet Flava, two years ago.

Last year Ella was offered a scholarship to the Italia Conti performing arts school in London where she learns Jazz, Tap and Contemporary dance.  She was accepted onto the CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) scheme at The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich, where she dances every Saturday. In addition to this, Ella attends Pineapple Dance Studios on Sunday’s and rehearses alone for half-an-hour every day before school.

Although her family is based in Cornwall, Ella’s parents have gone to great lengths to be near Ella and her new school and have been living in Travel Lodges in order to support their talented daughter.

Style:

Commercial

 

Members:

Nazene; 27, Ellen; 21, Danny; 26, Dominic; 17, Melanie; 23, Megan; 19, Kimberley; 20, Lauren; 22, Holli-Jo; 17, Kenny; 29, David; 23, Natalie; 22

 

Hometown:

Liverpool

 

Ambition:

To be a well-known dance act and follow in the footsteps of Diversity with a world tour, to dance for Kimberly Wyatt in one of her videos.

 

Influences:

The Pussycat Dolls, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson.

 

Dance Dynamix are made up of 12 dancers who have been performing together for four years. Run by choreographer and teacher Nazene Langfield, they reached the semi-finals in last years Got To Dance and this year have added two new members, Kenny and Natalie, to the line up.

The group attend the Nazene Danielle Dance Studios, which were set up by Nazene nine years ago when she was just 17. Nazene’s school is in a deprived area of Liverpool. She has lots of talented dancers that attend the school – but who cannot afford to pay for lessons.  Nazene overlooks the payment for many of these dancers, as she would rather teach them than let their talents go to waste.

Dance Dynamix spend over 16 hours rehearsing every week and Nazene devises all the choreography for the group. In 2010 they performed in the Liverpool Performing Arts Festival, at the Lord Mayors Parade and The Pete Price Show.

Style:

Irish Dancer

 

Members:

Siobhan, 9

 

Hometown:

Walsh Island, Offaly

 

Ambition:

To dance with, or work for, Michael Flatley

 

Influences:

Irish dance, Tinie Tempah and Selena Gomez

 

Nine-year-old Siobhan has only been dancing for two years – but she has already reached an incredibly high standard. It all started at age six, when her mum took her to an Irish dance class.

Instantly hooked, Siobhan now travels to her Irish dance class in Dublin four times a week. In total she spends about 11 hours a week dancing and constantly practices in her room and on a makeshift outdoor dance floor at the back of her house.

Siobhan has already won a number of competitions, including the under 10 All Ireland, European and Internationals and donates every prize she receives to a range of charities.

For her communion, Siobhan got tickets to see Lord of the Dance with Michael Flatley, sparking her dream to meet and dance with him.  Considering all her achievements so far, realising that dream might not be too far off…

Style:

Hip-hop / Street / Abstract

 

Members:

Chris, 20

Wesley, 20

 

Hometown:

Hayes, West London

 

Ambition:

To become well-known dancers and do as much as they can with and for the dance industry.

 

Influences:

Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake.

 

Chris & Wes met four years ago at their local gym, where Wes was dancing and Chris was doing work experience. Wes convinced Chris to ditch his cleaning materials and join his dance class – even if they were to be outnumbered by 40 girls.

The pair have been choreographing and dancing together ever since, performing at bar mitzvahs and nightclubs as well as strutting their stuff on stage behind Cheryl Cole when she performed at the Royal Albert Hall for Children In Need.

Despite Chris suffering an ankle injury in early 2010, which resulted in him being out of action for five months, Chris & Wes remain an unstoppable dance force who pass on their extensive knowledge working as freelance teachers.

Style:

Street

 

Members:

Jonathan, 25; Sheldon, 25; Shaun, 21; Leon, 26; Kyle, 24; Jamie, 25

 

Hometown:

London

 

Ambition:

To dance, inspire people, make a Cerebro TV sitcom and build a dance house where people can dance 24 hours day.

 

Influences:

Boogaloo poppin style, old skool.funk, New jack swing and Michael Jackson

 

Cerebro are on a mission to fulfill their dancing dreams, combining their busy day jobs with a hectic dance schedule. Working and dancing has meant personal sacrifices for Cerebro, with family, friends and partners sometimes taking a backseat to their ambition. Dancing makes them “feel alive and awake” and they are determined to reach for the top.

All six of the Cerebro boys began their dancing journey later in life; Leon started at the age of 20 and picked out childhood friends who had professional potential. After a few false starts, with life commitments getting in the way, the group started to take their dancing seriously two years ago.

Cerebro recently came third in the Battle of the Boroughs dancing competition, but they say that getting through to the live semi-finals on Got To Dance is their greatest achievement yet. With three gold stars at their audition and stellar comments from the judges, Cerebro are ready to reach for the Got To Dance crown.

Style:

Variety Bollywood

 

Members:

Leena; 23, Ketul; 20, Nikki; 27, Liam; 25, Adnan; 24, Shareen; 19, Ocean; 20, Seema; 21, Kaajel; 19, Reuben; 25, Karthika; 22, Priyesh; 20

 

Hometown:

London

 

Ambition:

For Bolly-Flex to reach international status, so they can tour all over the world.

 

Influences:

Bollywood, pop, Nitin Sawhney, Mavin Khoo, Madhuri Dixit, Wade Robson, Akram Khan, A R Rahman, Michael Flately, Michael Jackson, Street, hip-hop, electro, Birju Maharaj, the film: Dirty Dancing.

 

With their motto of “Inspire change, aspire for greatness”, Bolly-Flex are striving to show the incredible beauty of Bollywood with their Indian dancing. The group regularly train together in their varied individual dance styles, aiming to perfect their blend of contemporary, street, salsa and traditional kathak, all within a Bollywood narrative.

Bolly-Flex look stunning when they’re showcasing their Traditional Indian and Rajastani fashions. Their costumes incorporate colour, Indian embroidery, mirror work and an ‘East meets West’ look.

Bolly-Flex’s dance captain, Leena, has been dancing ever since she could walk and started to train in Bollywood when she met the group’s choreographer Naz Choudhury in London in 2005. Bolly-Flex having only been together one year, the 12 members of Bolly-Flex are yet to add dance trophies to their mantelpiece, but they have high hopes for Got to Dance.

Style:

Hip-hop/ Bhangra

 

Members:

Randeev; 29, Sandeev; 24, Gurjit; 26, Amardeep; 27, Daniel; 26

 

Hometown:

Wolverhampton

 

Ambition:

To go worldwide and prove that an asian group can succeed as hip-hop dancers.

 

Influences:

Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson and Old Skool 1980’s routines.

 

Back2Back are a self-taught group made up of brothers Randeev and Sandeev, cousins Gurjit and Amardeep and their ‘adopted’ brother, Daniel.

Randeev started dancing ten years ago when he was at sixth form and it wasn’t long before he got his younger brother, Sandeev, in on the action.  They were introduced to the other lads at a family function and have been dancing together ever since.

After coming together as a dance group, the boys began as a traditional bhangra act and utilised their skills performing at weddings and functions.

The group have now added a street and hip-hop edge to their act and proudly represented the UK at the 2007 hip-hop championships in America.

Style:

Contemporary

 

Members:

Nicolette, 22

Renako, 22

 

Hometown:

Pennyfordd and Chester

 

Ambition:

To perform professionally and set up a dance school to inspire other young dancers.

 

Influences:

Christopher Bruce, Alvin Ailey and Mia Michaels.

 

Biog:

They might be from very different backgrounds – but since meeting at LIPA, Liverpool’s Institute For Performing Arts, contemporary dancers Renako and Nicolette have been inseparable.

Renako grew up in a deprived area of South East London where it wasn’t the norm for boys to take up contemporary dance – but having found he had talent at the age of 16, an undeterred Renako did just that.

In contrast, Nicolette spent her childhood in a rural Welsh village where she practiced gymnastics from a young age. Due to the physical strains on her body, Nicolette swapped high beams for the dance floor at the age of 16 and has never looked back.

Realising they shared a passion for contemporary fusion, the pair began to choreograph routines together just over a year ago and have since performed in the production Seven at the Arts Depot in London.

In 2009 Renako won his University’s Choreography competition for his routine, True Comforts.  In March, 2010, Renako won the competition for the second year running, this time with Nicolette performing his routine, Jagged Desire.

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