Fame so sweet for Sugar Free
PUBLISHED: 17:36 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 23 August 2010
A DANCE group are gunning for the final of hit TV show Britain s Got Talent. All-girl street dance group Sugar Free made it to the semi-final of the show and are putting the finishing touches to a new routine they hope will get them into Saturday s final
A DANCE group are gunning for the final of hit TV show Britain's Got Talent.
All-girl street dance group Sugar Free made it to the semi-final of the show and are putting the finishing touches to a new routine they hope will get them into Saturday's final.
They are mentored by dancing supremo Len Goodman, whose dance school in Market Street, Dartford, has been attended by the girls since they were toddlers.
The winner of the competition will perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Show.
They face tough competition from Diversity, who wowed audiences with their inventive dance routine in the first of five semi-finals on Sunday.
Diversity got through on Mr Nasty - Simon Cowell's - deciding vote, in the process reducing 10-year-old Natalie Okri to tears by denying her a place in the final.
Sugar Free dancer Emma Cater, 24, from Higham, said: "We have been rehearsing really hard even though we didn't know if we were going to make it through to the last 40 acts.
"To perform in front of the Queen would be an amazing privilege. The qualifiers shredded our nerves, so to be in front of the Queen would be just mind-blowing."
Sugar Free have seven members aged 16 to 25 from Dartford, Higham, Eltham, Blackfen and Sidcup.
Sarah Richards, 25, from Lansbury Crescent, Dartford, is the original member of the group set up by dance tutor Louise Carlier 13 years ago.
Miss Richards missed out in the qualifying round but will join the group for their crucial semi-final.
She said: "Getting through to this stage has given the girls more confidence. It was a bit surreal before but now we are starting to think that the dream could become a reality.
"There are lots of great dance acts in the competition but the fact that Simon Cowell rates us is a big deal.
"We will be putting everything into our performance and hopefully we can make it through."
Cowell said of their qualifying routine: "This is the first time that I have seen a bunch of girls who could give the male dance groups a run for their money."
If successful, they will also join dance troupe Flawless, who have secured a spot in Saturday's final, with several other groups still to perform.
Len Goodman, head judge on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, has sent the Sugar Free girls good luck messages and has promised to support them in their bid.
Louise Carlier, herself a pupil of Mr Goodman, steered the group to third place in the World Hip-Hop Championships in Germany last June. In domestic competitions they are unbeaten.
The group are sisters Kirsty and Josie Palmer, Joanna Wright, Donna Jeffrey, Jemma Elliott, Sarah Richards and Emma Cater.
Their day jobs range from nursery nurse to watchmaker, hairdresser, teacher, admin assistant and student.