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PUBLISHED: 16:18 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:44 23 August 2010

ECSTATIC: Members of the Grove Dance School take first prize

ECSTATIC: Members of the Grove Dance School take first prize

A DANCE group are following in the footsteps of Britain s Got Talent champions Diversity by winning the second Gravesham Has Talent competition. The Grove Dance School wowed the audience at Woodville Halls, Gravesend on Friday, in the event held to showc

A DANCE group are following in the footsteps of Britain's Got Talent champions Diversity by winning the second Gravesham Has Talent competition.

The Grove Dance School wowed the audience at Woodville Halls, Gravesend on Friday, in the event held to showcase the best home grown talent.

Singers, rappers, dancers, actors and a range of other entertainers battled it out in front of a packed audience for the final of Gravesham has Talent.

The evening was hosted by local funny-man Tom Swift and former EastEnders star Frankie Fitzgerald and featured 16 top acts from across the borough, including acts from the Linda Fryday Academy, St John's Irish Dancers, and Britain's youngest baritone Matthew Crane.

Competition was fierce but the panel of judges made up of actor Jake Hendricks, who plays father Kieron Hobbs in TV soap Hollyoaks, theatre agent Sarah Dormady and theatre producer and director Graham Fawcett gave the top prize of £500 to the Grove Dance School for their street dance performance.

Manager of the Woodville Halls Theatre Graham Long, said: "It was an absolutely amazing night. It was a complete sell out which was great and like the winners of Britain's Got Talent later in the week our winner was a street dance group so I think we set the trend."

Dance troupes have hit the headlines recently with London and Essex-based group Diversity beating favourite Susan Boyle to win this year's Britain's Got Talent and the chance to perform for the Queen.

The country went crazy for their stunning routines with other dance groups Flawless and Sugar Free, with members from Dartford and Gravesend, doing well in the hit show.

Justin Timberlandesque dancer Amrit Dhillon came second in Gravesham has Talent with an inventive dance routine while singer John Magee came in third with his performance of Frank Sintarta songs.

The evening also featured a performance from last year's winner Eysha Quinn.

The event has proved popular since it was first held last year and applications have soared.

Mr Long said: "It just really seems that there's a buzz around talent shows at the moment. There are always lots of acts wanting to perform and we hope to put on another event next year.

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