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Dartford dance student plans to take on the world after revelling in Got To Dance spotlight

PUBLISHED: 17:01 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:02 12 April 2013

India Bowen

India Bowen

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Knowing one million people are watching you on hit television Got To Dance could be a daunting experience for many people but for one Dartford dance student it spurred her on to produce the performance of her life.

India Bowen with some of the awards she has wonIndia Bowen with some of the awards she has won

India Bowen is part of dance troupe IMD Legion who reached the national final of talent show Got to Dance on Sky last month.

Though they did not make it to the final three acts, she says taking part in a reality television show is only the start of things for her and the group.

The 16-year-old, who is training at Reynolds Performing Arts College in Kent Road, Dartford, said: “It was an amazing experience and, though we didn’t win, we still went out and made our mark on the stage.

“Got to Dance was just the beginning for us and we have so many things coming up. We’ve shown the UK what we can do, now I can’t wait until we show the world.

“Performing in front of three top judges was a dream come true but I can’t wait for what’s in store in the future.”

India, who goes by the stage name Indz, lives in Thamesmead and has set her sights on a career in dance, despite how competitive and demanding that can be.

For now her focus is on IMD Legion. Each member of the group specialises in different styles and India’s are popping and hip-hop. She has used her skills to perform in The Pied Piper at the Barbican among other gigs and dancing is something that has always been close to her heart.

Their chance to perform in the national spotlight took place at the Kensington Olympia in front of 6,000 people in the national final and throughout the competition IMD Legion wowed the judges – Kimberley Wyatt, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, JLS star Aston Merrygold and Ashley Banjo of Diversity.

The latter two have both taken part in reality television talent shows, with Diversity winning Britain’s Got Talent and JLS being runners-up in The X Factor, and both advised IMD Legion to make the most of their Got to Dance success.

“The judges gave us some great advice and they must have been impressed with what they saw because all three gave us a gold star in the semi-finals, which was a great feeling.”

IMD Legion had to put their emotions to one side in that semi-final though since one of the group’s regular choreographers, Warren Gordon-Scott, was competing against them as Wild G. But it was his protégés who prevailed and made it through to the national final.

India said: “It was emotional going up against Wild G but we kept focused and produced a good performance.

“We’ve had amazing comments throughout Got to Dance and people have said we’ve been their inspiration which is more than we could have dreamed of.

“But the show is in the past now and we’re looking towards the future.”

To find out more about IMD visit imdlegion.com.

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