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  • Prince Charles and his wife Camilla meet Carlos Acosta

    Prince Charles-Camilla the Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall and Carlos Acosta CBE


    Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, met with Carlos Acosta CBE on the 25th March 2019, he showed the couple his dance school the Acosta's dance studio in Havana on their official British Royal visit to the Caribbean island of Cuba.


    Although this visit had more to do with building diplomatic bridges between the UK and Cuba, rather than us indulging in the rich dance culture that Cuba has to offer. Nevertheless as we have a great interest in dance here at Dance Gear, we have to take advantage of these opportunities when they present themselves.


    Carlos Acosta, who will take up the position as the new director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January 2020, said of the country of his birth, hopefully Cuba will continue to open up culturally and economically.


    Everything in this country’s culture is inspired by Dance, and Dance is a part of everyday life there. Cuba has a rich fusion of Iberian and African traces, add to this the island's rich musical heritage, you end up with a total unique mix. These dance styles have permeated and fed there way into Western dance cultures, with many world-class dancers across many disciplines making their way to these shores, Carlos Acosta being one of many.


  • BBC Radio 2 Danceathon for Comic Relief




    The BBC Radio 2 Danceathon presents Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly who co-present Strictly Come Dancing amongst other of their achievements are raising money by dancing for over 24 hours for Comic Relief.


    There will be loads of other special guests dropping by to help then in their quest to raise money for special causes.


    You can follow Claudia and Tess by going direct to the link below and follow them in real time.



    Dance Gear has made its donation; you can do the same by following the instructions on the BBC website.


    Keep going both for this great cause!


  • Mummy in a Tutu - Dance Gear Brand Ambassador for 2019

    We're delighted to announce that Mummy in a Tutu has agreed to become one of our brand ambassador's for 2019!


    dance gear brand ambassador


    As part of the ambassador program we sent some dance gear to Mummy in a Tutu's daughter, Alyssa, to model. We think she looks great!


    Alyssa wearing pink crop top


    Alyssa with dance bag


    You can check out the rest of the photo shoot over at the Mummy in a Tutu blog.


    Alyssa's outfit consists of the following items:


    Dance Gear Zoe Leotard
    Dance Gear Jazz Pants
    Roch Valley Soft Vanity Case


    Click on any of the links above to shop now!


    We'll be working with Mummy in Tutu throughout the year on various dance related projects. Keep a close eye on the blog for more announcements!


    Photography courtesy of Mummy in a Tutu





    If your child has a dance exam coming up soon, then they are no doubt beginning to feel nervous, anxious or excited and even prepared and confident. However, they (and you) are feeling, knowing more about what’s in store usually helps, so here’s a quick summary of what the exams are all about and what to expect:


    What are they and why do dance schools use them?


    ballet dancers


    There are a number of dance organisations (RAD; IDTA; ISTD; UTD and more) whose dance syllabi use internationally recognised graded exams. These exams provide a progressive learning for the development of performers from complete beginners to those going on to higher level education,(aiming to become performing artists).


    This allows external examiners to apply the same standards to the grading of a performer’s abilities regardless of where they learn and whichever syllabus their dance school follows.


    They also allow dance schools to set well defined goals for their pupils as they progress and improve their dancing capabilities.


    Students will learn different dance techniques, warm up routines, strengthening moves, how to increase their flexibility and they will improve their all-round knowledge of the dance world, developing higher standards of performance, perception, creativity, knowledge and understanding of dance.


    Usually dancers who sit these exams will become more confident and more determined to succeed not only in their dancing world, but in their personal lives too. The exams also help to instil good time keeping habits and a strong work ethic, for those who want to succeed at dance (and in life)


    Although many of the exams are taken by small groups, individuals learn to dance by themselves and not just to be part of a team. Again this provides a valuable life skill – that of learning to “stand on their own two feet”


    Who are the examiners, what do they look for?


    dance exam


    The examiners are all experienced dancers who have been assessed for their ability to judge fairly and constructively against the defined criteria for each exam and grade.


    They will look at each dancer’s technique when watching both their exercises and their dances, examining every arm movement, every foot movement and so on and how you present yourself (Facial expressions, stance, core strength, ….)


    Judges will score each exercise individually for each dancer, focusing on the main points and marking them against each of the exam’s set criteria. Each individual’s scores for each element of the exam will then be added up to give overall score. Assuming the achieves a pass they are usually awarded a Pass, Merit, Honours or Distinction and will also be given notes on how well they have done and comments on areas to focus on for improvement.


    Typically after about 2-3 weeks, each dancer will receive their results and a certificate, sometimes trophies to keep for future references; (or the same day for younger dancers i.e. 4-5 years).


    dance trophies


    Dance categories


    Typically exams can be taken for a number of dance genres including:
    • Ballroom
    • Latin
    • Ballet
    • Tap
    • Modern Jazz
    • Classical Sequence
    • Theatre Craft (from Intermediate or Advanced grading)


    Note though that not all schools will enter dancers for every style of examination with many concentrating on just a few genres.


    Exams grades and typical Age Ranges:


    Dance teachers will assess each individual dancer and decide which of them are ready to be submitted for a particular grade of examination, so the ages shown are typical for dancers who start young and continue dancing as they get older, but will vary depending on each dancer’s ability and progress.


    Primary 1 & 2 – range from 3-5 years
    Grade 1 – range from 5-7 years
    Grade 2 – range 7-9 years
    Grade 3 – range 9-10 years
    Grade 4 – range 10-13 years
    Grade 5 – range 13-15 years
    Grade 6-8 – range 15-16 years (some may not go up to Grade 7 or 8)
    Intermediate – range 16-17 years
    Advanced – range 17/18+ years


    (Note: RAD exams specify minimum age for most of their exams)


    Where are exams typically held?


    Most dance exams are held at the dancers’ own dance schools and the examiners attend. This may be different in some cases depending on the syllabus a dancer is following.


    Preparing for a dance exam


    3 ballet dancers


    As with any other examination good preparation is vital, but as these exams require a good understanding of the theory of dance in order to be able perform the largely practical element well, here are a few tips:


    • Practice your exercise and dance routine over a period of time, both in your dance class and at home at least every week. Try not to miss classes or practicing and keep doing it until you can do it without thinking about what comes next;
    • If you’re not sure of certain moves or are struggling to remember something, don’t hesitate to ask your teacher or fellow dancers to go over it with you;
    • Double check you have all the correct exam uniform (some may have different uniform for class work) i.e. shoes, hair nets, hair grips, tights, socks, leotards, skirts, leggings etc;
    • Get there in plenty of time ideally up to an hour before your exam time. (You will need to allow time to change into your dance outfit, made sure your hair/make up are OK, go through your warm up routine and so on);
    • Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and your energy levels up;
    • Always eat something - preferably about an hour before. You will burn off a lot of physical and emotional energy;
    STRETCH!! Always stretch before your exam. You need to warm up your whole body (arms, feet, ankles and leg’s, back, etc.) to allow you to perform at your best and prevent any strained muscles or injuries;
    • Make sure you get a good night’s sleep (minimum 8 hours), to help to give you a clear mind and a fresh body;
    • Make sure you have the correct number and pin it securely to your uniform, so that the examiner knows who you are and can allocate the correct score sheet for you.
    • Lastly – “Walk in with your head held high and a smile on your face and you will be ready!”


    freed leotard




    Each dance syllabus (ISTD, ITDA, RAD etc.) may require different colour dancewear for examinations. You may be lucky and your dance school’s normal class wear will be the same as the exam wear you need, but you may different dance wear for the exam. You may find your dance shoes are the same as the exam wear, but some or all of the rest is different.
    So make sure you have the correct uniform because examiners are likely to give you lower marks for having incorrect uniform.


    Some typical Exam Uniform dancewear:


    Leotards – (DG, RV, FREED)
    • Skirts – (DG, RV, FREED)
    • Leggings – Modern jazz only – (DG, RV)
    • Tights – (FFT, EBT, 1816, N14 etc.)
    • Socks - (BS)
    • Hair Grips
    • Hair Pins
    • Hair Bun
    Bun Nets
    • Hair Band or Scrunchie (only if required)


    Shoes: -


    • Ballet Shoes Mostly Leather – (S0209, 2033, LSS)
    • Tap Shoes – (LHP, LHPHTB, LHPVB, SF3710* (more advanced))
    • Jazz Shoes – (JRS, 2JSS ) – Some Modern may require bare feet
    • Character Shoes – Ballet – (LHCHAR, CHCHAR, LHSYL, CHSYL)
    • Pointe Shoes – Grade 5+ - (S0131, S0105) – need to be fitted!


  • The Greatest Dancer Episode 8

    Series 1: Episode 8


    Well done Ellie Fergusson who was crowned on Saturday ‘The Greatest Dancer’.


    What was so good about The Greatest Dance to me was the tremendous diversity of all of the dance styles including Street, Latin, Tap, Ballet, Modern, commercial and so on.


    The ages that ranged from 9 years old, these being some of the members from KLA the Latin group from Newbridge in Gwent who made it through to the final and Barbara Peters aged 80, RADA Academy trained from Huddersfield that didn’t.


    The diversity of all of the acts that took part such as Dynamic Dads, just an ordinary group of guys being prepared to put in the hours, other acts overcoming barriers such as loss of hearing as did Chris Fonseca, and Andrew the young man that had Down syndrome that won a standing ovation from the live audience.


    The entertainment value of all the acts that didn’t make it through to the final, that you would pay good money to go and see, such as The Globe Girls, Frobacks, Company Jinks, Prospects Fraternity and Dane Bates Collective.


    What this program more than anything has proved to me is how dance or exercise generally can help in all sorts of ways which has been well documented over recent years within the media. It can help by gaining confidence, helping with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Offset of some diseases, improving general health, reduction in obesity and at the same time having fun with friends. So any programme that can inspire any individual to go and join a dance class regardless of their ability in my opinion is only a good thing.


    Well done BBC, roll-on series 2


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  • The Greatest Dancer Episode 7

    The Greatest Dancer Episode 7


    The remaining six acts competed in the semi-finals where two more acts will be eliminated.


    Harry Smallman and Eleiyah Navis alias (Harry and Eleiyah) are odds on favourites to win this competition scouring 97.0% with the theatre watching audience with their aerial ring dance routine. Eleiyah has wanted to be a dancer and has been dancing from the age of 2. She gets really nervous and is finding the rehearsals tough, but as we can all see the work is paying off.


    KLA performed a medley of different styles including ballroom and latin. Their prop for last Saturday’s performance was umbrellas which only scored an 80.5% rating from the studio audience. This didn’t represent the amount of intensity that went into this performance from such a young group of people. They all must be feeling very proud for what they have achieved to date and others they must have inspired along the way to get up onto the dance floor for themselves.


    Dane Bates Collective


    Cheryl’s advice to Dane Bates Collective was ‘go hard or go home’ they certainly did that, scoring a 87.1% with their strong and impeccable performance. The verdict from the judges was, this group are the best in the competition at story tell through their dance routines. These girls live all over the country, come together to practise so logistically that alone is challenging.


    Frobacks eliminated from the greatest dancer


    Frobacks received criticism on Twitter from viewers complaining about them taking their shirts off, but the 91.2% of the live audience didn’t share that view with the routine based around boxes. They went back to the dancing this week rather than the gimmicks that they showed us last week.


    Criticism the Hatfield based dancers James and Oliver received from Oti and Cheryl in recent weeks is not working in unison and them needing to be tighter. 67.4% rating from audience which was the lowest on the night which meant the remaining 32.6% didn’t appreciate the space theme they had been given despite them trying to show their versatility.


    The Scottish dancer Ellie Fergusson’s challenge was ‘Chandeliers’ It is time for Ellie to start believing in her own talent as did 93.8% of the live show audience. Seeing more of the performer coming out each week than the week before, we are starting to see that this young lady has huge abilty. She is being likened to Maddie Ziegler, the 16 year old who found fame on the TV series Dance Moms.


    Eliminated from the show on Saturday were Dane Bates Collective and Frobacks.


    This Saturday they are going to have to dance twice and preform with their dance captain.


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  • Dancewear – What your child needs for Ballet classes

    So now you’ve decided that your child is going to start ballet classes and you’ve chosen the dance school and now you need to buy their dancewear.


    The dance teacher will usually provide a list of what your child will need, but the basics will include ballet shoes, ballet leotards and ballet tights/socks.
    They may also want your child to wear specific types and colours of these, to make it easier for them to compare dancers as they progress and so that the children all feel the same and part of a ‘team’. It also avoids ‘costume envy’!!


    Ballet Shoes
    Designed specifically for ballet dancing they are typically available in leather, canvas and satin.
    S02092030Leather is the hardest wearing, but if you’re looking for something costing a little less, you can try canvas as they wear relatively well and are easy to maintain. Satin are very attractive to look at, but stain easily and wear out quickly. They are usually worn specifically for exams or performances.
    To begin with, your child will need a pair of full sole ballet shoes in order to help develop the muscles in their feet and ankles and provide extra arch support. This will help to make learning the basics of ballet dancing as easy as possible.
    Ballet shoes should be a snug fit but still allow wiggle room for their toes. Buying them a bit too big, to give growing room, is not a good idea though, as they can cause trips. Split sole shoes are usually worn by more experienced dancers because they allow the foot to be arched more, giving a more graceful profile, but have less support for the arch of the foot.


    TammyBallet Leotard
    Leotards are flexible and are usually made from a stretch fabric like Nylon Lycra or Cotton Lycra. It is also form-fitting which allows the teacher to easily see the placement of your child’s body. This is important in order for the teacher to provide constructive feedback on performance which will help your child improve their dancing ability. To make sure the leotard offers the right fit, it should have a snug fit, but still allow your child’s body to move freely. It should neither be so tight that it pulls under the arms or other places, nor loose enough to let the neckline hang or shoulders feel loose. Try it on and move around doing things like touching toes and stretches and make sure it doesn’t pinch anywhere or fall away.


    Ballet socks and tights
    Ballet tights and socks are usually a requirement of most dance school uniforms. If your child is dancing twice a week, you1816can just about get away with one pair of tights though it’s usually useful to have a spare just in case of any unexpected ladders.
    If they’re dancing more than this, it’s definitely best to have at least two or three pairs. There’s no need to spend a fortune as you can buy a good pair of ballet tights for just a few pounds but if your child wants something a little more trendy or fashionable, you might have to spend a little more.
    Convertible (or Transition) tights (have a seamed elasticated small hole in the bottom of the foot) are often chosen because they allow the wearer to wear them over the feet (as ‘normal’ footed tights) or ending below the ankle. This is useful for going to and fro to the dance class or for changing from a ballet class to say modern (or for fitting toe pads before going En Pointe).
    Footed tights are like conventional tights, but for ballet they are usually harder wearing and of course come in the colours the dance school wants.
    Ballet socks need to comfortable inside the ballet shoe, stay up well, wick away moisture and be durable.


    EBTThat’s the basics covered but maybe, just to finish off, you might like to consider hair scrunchies/grips/nets to keep your child’s hair tidy while they dance and a dance bag to carry their kit in.


    You will be able to purchase everything your child needs for ballet classes from any good specialist dance shop. Here, they’ll be able to offer specialist advice about all the dance wear your child needs. Buying such a wide range of dance wear can obviously be expensive – especially given that children usually grow at a phenomenal rate! There are many online dance retailers that are able to offer a wide range of dance wear at excellent prices. Most of these will offer quick delivery which means your child can receive everything they need for dance direct to their door.


    With over 40 years’ experience, Dance Gear is run by Dancers for Dancers and is expert in providing dance wear. For more information about our extensive range please visit our website


    We offer next day dispatch on most items, no hassle returns and many of our staff are dancers or dance teachers, so can give you expert advice. Just call on 0121 420 1999 or email


  • Dance Competitions

    Dance Competitions and Festivals


    If your child is at a dance school, then they may be talking about sending a team to local or other dance competitions or festivals.


    Dancers on stage


    So what are Dance Competitions/Festivals all about and why do Dance schools use them


    Dance competitions/festivals can be small local events, maybe in a school hall or similar or larger events with dance organisations running them. They can be for just one day or last for a whole week with different dance styles and competitions each day.


    Different dance styles will be involved like Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Street and so on and there will be a judge or a panel of judges.


    Competitions are a great way for dance schools and the dancers to learn how they’ve improved and to showcase all their hard work. It can help to give dancers a goal to aim for, motivating them to do better.


    They give dancers who never danced on stage that all important ‘Stage experience’ helping them to cope with nerves, bright lights, dancing for an audience, how to recover quickly from a stumble or from forgetting part of a routine and generally making them better dancers and to grow in confidence. Working as part of a team makes it easier for those of a more nervous disposition, because of the support from their team mates.


    Competitions and festivals are not all about winning though – it’s the taking part that counts too! Obviously every team or solo dancer wants to win, but coming anywhere in the placings is fine too. It’s all part of the learning curve. Dancers learn a lot about what they need to be able to do, to become better dancers. It takes hard work and determination, but it can be great fun too and new friendships are often formed – or friendly rivalries!!


    Performing in a team – duets/trios/group/ troupe routines helps dancers to learn teamwork and often the team dynamic brings out the best in the individuals. Troupes are a good way to learn more about dancing in sync, working and moving as one.


    It also lets dancers see other dance styles and maybe be inspired to try that dance style as part of their journey in the world of dance.


    Age Range or level


    Most dancers will not start taking part in competitions until they are around 6-8 years old and have been dancing for a few years. They need to be able to dance unassisted and to remember the routines.


    So some typical levels might be:


    • Petite – 6-8 years
    • Junior – 9-11 years
    • Teen - 12-14 years
    • Senior – 15-17-19 years
    • Adult – 20+ years (some competitions only allow dancers to take part up to 16-18 years old, but there adult categories too.


    Dance Styles


    Most competitions will cover:


    • Lyrical/Ballet/Classical
    • Tap
    • Modern/Jazz
    • Musical Theatre
    • Contemporary
    • Street/Hip Hop/Fusion


    dance trophies


    The Judges; - what do they look for?


    Depending on the competition there may be anything from one up to even 6 judges in the panel. They will watch the different dancers, from different dance schools, performing their routines and mark them with positive or ‘Needs Work’ comments on a number of criteria giving this feedback for each dancer or troupe.


    Each judge’s views will be scored and put together with the other judges to give a final total for the dancer/duet/trio or troupe. Once finished, each section of dancers such as the lyrical section, Tap section, jazz, Hip Hop etc., awards (Medals or maybe trophies) will be given out to the winners and maybe some of the higher placed teams.


    Also each dancer or group will usually be given a certificate to keep for taking part, which they may want to use, for future auditions or dance jobs, as they progress in dancing.


    Here’s an example of a typical Score Sheet:


    Dance festival score sheet


    As you can see performers get points for a range of things – not just how well they dance as individuals, but things like their grooming, do they make eye contact with their audience, do they interpret the music and emotions well, timing were they all in sync, how well the choreography interpreted the music and so on.


    How will dancers be feeling?


    • Nervous, Excited, Anxious, Prepared, Full of adrenaline………
    Many will fear that they will ‘mess up’ during a routine or have a total “BLANK” (forget part of the dance) and feel like a failure. That is not the case! If they forget their dance, the main thing to do is, “Smile and just improvise on stage, never run off or stop. Just move around the stage until the music stops”. Even though some may have forgotten or gone wrong, judges will take into consideration the fact that you took part and carried on and mark the rest of your routine. Sometimes, the judges may not even be aware that you forgot your dance; - remember they don’t know the routines!


    Preparing for a competition


    Every dancer will prepare differently, but there are some key factors which are worth noting:


    • It goes without saying that practicing your routine regularly – at least weekly and at home between classes - until you are sure you know it well is important.
    • Get the tempo of the music and the routine into your head
    • Double check all your dance kit for correct costumes, hair accessories, shoes, tights etc.
    • Take spare tights, hair grips, needle and thread, and anything else you might need if your costume gets damaged or your hair is not right.
    • Do hair and makeup before you get there, but take your makeup bag and hair stuff with you to touch up just before you go on stage
    • Listen to your music piece with head phones before your dance just to keep in fresh in your mind – also helps to relax you.
    • Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated to keep your energy levels up.
    • Always eat something before dancing as the exercise burns off fat so you need the protein and energy source there for your body to feel energised. Try to eat at least an hour before you are due to dance though.
    • Make sure you have a good solid 8 hours sleep, will help you have clear mind and your body won’t feel exhausted and not prepared.
    • Get there in plenty of time before your audition/dance but be prepared to wait too. Performances may be over running their programmed time but be early in case the reverse happens
    • Make sure each dancer has the number they have been allocated pinned on securely
    • Maintain a positive attitude – “It doesn’t matter if you don’t win, it’s all experience for you!”
    • Lastly – “Just have FUN!”


    Dancewear costumes




    Most dance styles have a range of dance wear which is typically worn for that style and of course the shoes you need will be specifically for the dance style.


    After that though unless there are set styles or other requirements for a competition then it’s up to the individual/troupe and their dance teacher/school.


    Some common costume types include:


    • Leotards
    • Catsuits
    • Skirts
    • Crop tops
    • Accessories (i.e. props, feathers, glovettes, leggettes)
    • Tap Shoes
    • Ballet Shoes
    • Jazz Shoes
    • Turning Shoes
    • Bare feet
    • Trainers
    • Converse
    Pointe Shoes


  • The Greatest Dancer Episode 6

    What’s now becoming the theme with the ‘The Greatest Dancer’ was amazing opening routine with all of the acts involved including the dance captains.


    There are eight acts left in the competition, with two acts being eliminated from the sixth episode.


    Each act were given a theme or a prop in which to incorporate into their performance, this was the situation in episode 5 when ‘The Globe Girls’ was given a sport theme, but sadly the voting public gave them the red card and sent them off.


    KLA, the Latin girls from Wales were given the challenge of ice, preforming as ice queens. They gave a very polished performance, with a whopping 94.4% audience approval rating.


    The second act where given the challenge of Hollywood, basing it on the troubled life of the American actress, model, and singer, Marilyn Monroe. Sasha, one of the dancers within ‘Dane Bates Collective’ played the part of Marilyn Monroe, she gave such a powerful performance as did all of the girls within the group, expressive, emotional, storytelling through dance with a 90% from the theatre audience.


    Prospects Fraternity had the challenge last week of chairs, the new challenge was tables. The team dance routine was based around a school classroom with tables very much involved, jumping over, dancing on top of and sliding underneath. 95.5% rating from the audience that saw this performance.


    Prospects Fraternity


    James and Oliver challenge was Les Miserables, based on the French revolution with two brothers separated by war. Very powerful and expressive interpretation of this subject. 86.3% rating.


    Harry and Eleiyah routine was not as their challenge would suggest confined to four walls, with the surprise they intimated prior to the performance, bashing down part of the wall and jumping through. 96.2% audience approval.


    Company Jinks challenge was ‘toys’ how are they going to deal with this one, being a fourteen piece dance group having to show their individuality. Sindy/Barbie doll with Action Man, that’s how. 83.2% I though was not a true reflection of the performance which was powerful, tight and professional, choreograph by Ricky Jinks.


    Company Jinks


    Ellie challenge was orchestra, using her body as if were an instrument. Oti pushed Ellie to the limit with the amounts of pirouettes she had to do. 96.3% of the audience shared my opinion that for a solo performer dancing to orchestral sound track would have been daunting to the most experienced of dancers. Well done.


    Frobacks challenge was ‘Social network’ with all of the ideas associated with this challenge, Facebook, Instagram and Tweeter. A backdrop full of emoji then throw in Face Timing with Robbie Williams, Perrie Edwards from Little Mix , Liam Payne the British singer songwriter from One Direction fame and you get a 91.3% audience rating.
    The acts eliminated by the voting public were, Prospects Fraternity and Company Jinks.


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  • The Greatest Dancer Episode 5

    The Globe Girls
    What an amazing opening sequence with all of the acts involved with their team captains, certainly opened the show with a bang.
    The viewing public get to decide who will be ‘The Greatest Dancer’, as well as a prize of £50,000 a performance on the next series of strictly come dancing awaits the winner of the show.
    The Live Challenge Shows, what are these challenges? Creativity, Technicality, Versatility, each week each act will be set a brand new challenge which they have to incorporate into their choreography. They can get to interpolate these challenges within their performance anyway they want. The challenge can be from a theme to a specific prop, could be anything from a chairs to boxes and the team captains have no control over which challenge they get.
    ‘James and Oliver’ first challenge was a staircase and when asked, what is the first thing that comes into your mind the answer being Broadway. Matthew gave them a tough choreographed routine with lots of tricks and kicks. Their routine scored 88.2% with the audience.
    Alex, Ryan, Gilly, Reece otherwise known as ‘Frobacks’ first challenge was classical; this put the boys in a predicament because this didn’t fit with their normal urban street style. The audience really enjoyed their interpretation of the challenge with a massive 95.7% score. The choreography remain truthful the Frobacks style being inventive, strong and with a sense of fun.
    Company Jinks being a commercial dance group face the task of elevating themselves to the next level and braking through the ceiling that will make them something extra special, the challenge set for them was Chairs. In rehearsal one member came crashing to the floor, gashing his head with blood oozing from his head. This programme is really is about blood sweat and tears.
    The routine performed to the track from X Ambassadors ‘Unsteady’ was challenging to say the least, with chairs constantly being moved with precision and intricacy without the feeling of it looking messy. The audience scored 88.2%.
    The Globe Girls challenge was sport. Seeing the boys out of drag was a shock within itself, although their auditions was done with a tongue firmly in their cheek, they what to be foremostly to be taken seriously as dancers. That was proven with an 80.9% rating from the audience.
    Prospects Fraternity challenge was colours with the first part of the routine dancing to the track ‘A Sky Full of Stars’ by Coldplay and finishing with MNEK ‘Colour’ (Cahill Remix) This group of young people are full of stars and covered the stage with a colour beyond any rainbow scoring 95.5% with the watching audience.
    Dane Bates Collective is an amazing group of girls whose first challenge was doors. This performance was packed with emotion with a simple stage set, but had a fantastic visual impact, closing the doors to shutout our insecurities then bashing them down again. The audience did not shut them out with a 93.5% approval, even Simon Cowell approved.
    KLA from South Wales first challenge was carnival, considering their tender years they showed and preformed a tremendous mature polished performance. Packed for of movement twists turns lifts and coordinating sequences. The 90.8% of the audience agreed with what I saw.
    Ellie the 14 year old dancer from Livingston Edinburgh is creative talented and hard working. The challenge set for her was Fairy Tale. Normally you would associate fairy tales with light, innocent portrayal of this subject, but not Ellie, it was dark mystical and sinister, although Cheryl would have preferred a less sinister approach. Being a sole performer meant Ellie had to move around the stage so that she could command that space, it would have been so easy to get lost, a very impressive performance with a 95.7% audience rating.
    17 year old Harry and 18 year old Eleiyah a contemporary duo from Liverpool challenge was Doctor Who. What a powerful performance with these two with split jumps with extensions pirouettes and summersaults all done with emotive technicality with the highest score of the night of 96.4% - they are going to go a long way in this competition.
    World renowned Rambert danced live to Freya Ridings ‘lost without you’ whilst the public voted for their favourite act of the night, with the act with the least amount of votes going home, which on this occasion was The Globe Girls.
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