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Dancers aim to follow in the footsteps of TV faves

PUBLISHED: 12:29 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:45 23 August 2010

SHOWSTOPPERS: St John’s Irish dancers are hoping for talent show success.

SHOWSTOPPERS: St John's Irish dancers are hoping for talent show success.

ST JOHN S Irish Dancers are hoping to emulate the success of Britain s Got Talent dance group Taboo, after winning a borough-wide talent show. The group, made up of dancers aged from five to 30, stormed to victory in the third annual Gravesham s Got Tale

ST JOHN'S Irish Dancers are hoping to emulate the success of Britain's Got Talent dance group Taboo, after winning a borough-wide talent show.

The group, made up of dancers aged from five to 30, stormed to victory in the third annual Gravesham's Got Talent contest at the Woodville Halls and banked a £500 prize.

Taboo, the dancers who made it to the semi-finals of the hit ITV show, won the borough contest in 2009 and St John's choreographer Louise Coyne is hoping her team can reproduce the Grove Dance Centre group's success. Speaking after the victory on Friday night, she said: "Obviously that is a real step up in quality, but it would be great. We would need a lot of hard work to get there."

The group entered the competition in 2009, making the final but failing to break into the top three.

The group has around 40 members, of which 24 were picked to perform.

She added: "It was good experience for us. It showed us what we needed to do to improve. This year it was just unbelievable to win it."

Tom Swift, show presenter and organiser, said: "Last year Taboo really stood out above the rest. This year, although none of the entries were quite at their level, the overall quality was very high. We had 16 quality acts. They (St John's Irish Dancers) entered last year but this time their routine was 100 times better. They were very colourful and full of energy and funny as well. I wasn't surprised that they won over the audience and judges.

Mr Swift, a producer and actor, lives in Tunbridge Wells yet performed in two pantomimes at the Woodville Halls, before establishing Gravesham's Got Talent. Through his connections he was able to secure theatre producer Graham Fawcett, top acting agent Sarah Dormandy and TV show Gladiators' Doom, aka Wayne Gordon, as judges. The top three acts - St Johns Irish Dancers, singer Kate Watson and rapper Kadeem Phipps - have been invited to perform at the Big Gig, part of the Gravesham Big 7 festival in July, sponsored by your Gravesend Reporter.

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