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Dance group's year gets better

PUBLISHED: 12:25 13 August 2010

Remix dance group

Leah Bauckham ,Ashleigh Wallis ,Abbie Boyd ,Alli Tuippo ,Maisie Lukes

Remix dance group Leah Bauckham ,Ashleigh Wallis ,Abbie Boyd ,Alli Tuippo ,Maisie Lukes

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A dance troupe which has made it through to the final of a national competition are due to compete in the Street Dance World Championships next month.

The Grove Dance School in Gravesend has already seen it’s group Taboo reach the semi-finals of UK-wide talent show Britain’s Got Talent, and this achievement was replicated when seven girls from the school and their group Remix, made the finals of a second national competition, Barclay’s Live.

Competing on July 31 against dancers from all technical backgrounds on an open air stage in Leicester Square, and judged by Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole the group made it through to the final on August 30, and now need the public’s vote to win the £1,000 first prize for the school.

At the end of September, the group will be travelling to Bochum in Germany to compete in the Street Dance World Championships.

Kirsten Wheeler, head choreographer at the school, has overseen this year’s success.

“Some of these girls have been with me almost the entire 12 years and their experience is passing off onto the younger ones making them really enthusiastic and keen for success.

Remix are my middle girls, aged between 13 and 15 and for their age group they are traditionally very strong.

Videos of the five London finalists, plus dance groups from across the country have been uploaded onto website www.barclayslive.co.uk and the video with the largest number of votes by August 30 will win the prize.

Miss Wheeler, 35, is hoping the group can win the Barclays Live title to help subsidise the trip to Germany and a visit to the Dutch Open dance competition next year.

She said: “In the last few years the competition has got very fierce as street dance has become so much more popular, and although the competition is open to all kinds of dance all five finalists were street.

“Generally the school has a kitty which any money goes into and in this case it would really helpout our mums with the expense of travelling to Germany.”

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