The Passions of…Girls Aloud

In episode one of The Passions of… Girls Aloud, viewers will watch as band member Cheryl learns to street dance with the ultimate challenge to audition as a dancer for a music video.

***Usage of the below quotes from Cheryl Cole cannot be used in conjunction with any other interview/quotes with or from any of the other members of Girls Aloud and are strictly embargoed for use until on-sale date of Tuesday 4 March 2008****

Cheryl’s lifelong dream has always been to street dance: “It’s something I watch on the telly and feel sick at the thought that I want to be doing that.”

In order to fulfil that dream Cheryl will have to compete against the best in order to earn a place in a music video.

Cheryl will have to cram years of experience into just two weeks in London and also in street dancing capital of the world, Los Angeles.

With the pressure on, can Cheryl make all the right moves?

“I thought of street dancing (for the programme) because it’s always something that I have admired, something that I have always been interested in. I’ve done ballroom (dancing), tap, ballet and this is the only thing that I’ve never done. I’m really excited to be starting it and I think it’s going to be a great experience.

“I’m really nervous because you kind of have this bubble when you’re in a band, you’ve got the other four girls there as protection, but (here) I’m on my own…I’m just really nervous and I just don’t want to make a fool of myself on TV.”

Cheryl’s UK trainer, award winning choreographer and dancer, Kenrick Sandy, says: “From what I’ve see her do with Girls Aloud, I think it’s going to be difficult for her. Two weeks to be a professional dancer and do a video… I’ve not seen anyone do that, so she is going to have a challenge on her hands.”

As Cheryl starts her first day’s training, it becomes apparent she is very self-conscious and finds it impossible to watch herself in the mirrored wall. Every time her trainer sees her looking at the floor, she must face a punishment of ten press ups. And that’s just the start of his harsh training regime.

Street dancers are known by nicknames, knows as ‘tags’. Henceforth, Cheryl shall be known as ‘Push Ten’.

“There couldn’t be two dances further from each other than ballet, which is probably the dance I was most qualified in, and street dancing,” says Cheryl. “It’s going to be really good. I’m tired but I really enjoyed it.”

Despite being a natural performer, Cheryl does have some inhibitions. “My first passion has always been dancing and I was always dancing in my bedroom (as a child)… I would play my songs and pretend I was in a video. Somebody would always walk in and I would always be caught in the middle of a dance move.

“I was so embarrassed and because they were my older brothers and sisters and they would always take the mick, I think I’ve still got those insecurities that someone’s gonna say, ‘Ha ha, I’ve seen you trying to dance.’”

By day two Cheryl has come to the conclusion that the routine she is expected to learn is “not normal for a human being…there’s got to be some sort of law against it.”

Talking about the professional street dancers she’s rehearsing with, Cheryl says: “You have to give them credit where it’s due, it’s hard work. I’m not joking you, they work so hard.”

It’s then time to leave London and Cheryl heads to Millennium Studios in Hollywood, used by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.

There, Cheryl meets her dance coach, Kennis Marquis, who only has a couple of days to inject some attitude into Cheryl’s performing.

Cheryl says: “I’ve always loved hip hop music and R&B music and have always been fascinated by watching people dance, street style. But I’d never had the opportunity to do anything like that. So I took this (the programme) as the opportunity and I’m really loving it, I’m really enjoying myself.”

As part of trying to understand street dancing and what it means to people, Cheryl goes out to one of the most notorious suburbs of LA. There she meets Tommy the Clown, a former bad boy who has now turned his life around and takes his street dancing clan to the streets to spread their love of dancing.

Reflecting on her day with Tommy, Cheryl says, “Today was one of the best experiences of my life. I’m just really overwhelmed.”

If Cheryl is to stand a chance at succeeding in the audition she needs to be on a par with the best. As she finishes her training, it’s time for the audition.

Friday 14 March 2008 10:00pm – 11:00pm on ITV2

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