Hornchurch and Upminster dance team wins prize to perform during Britain's Got Talent dance group Flawless tour
PUBLISHED: 13:10 20 September 2018
From taking dance classes just for fun, to getting prepared to perform in front of thousands, a teenage street dance group is reaching new heights.
HD Dance Team, made up of 10 advanced dancers aged 11-16 from who are from around the Hornchurch and Upminster area, has been picked as one of the 43 dance crews out of the 700 entries to tour with dance troupe Flawless.
HD Dance team said: “We are so thrilled that we have won the competition.
“We never thought that we would have the opportunity to dance on the same stage as Flawless!
“We are excited and looking forward to dancing on a big stage in front of so many people.”
Members of the HD Dance Team met when they all joined the Funky Vibes Dance School, which mainly practices in and around Hornchurch, and established the group in 2013 when the school first started taking part in street dancing competitions.
They receive help from both the school’s principal Hayley Davis who has been dancing herself she was little, and Tiger who is the group’s trainer and choreographer.
He also teaches classes in central London, including his very own regular class at the famous Pineapple Studios.
The group perform in dance shows and competitions as often as they can in a bid to hone their skills.
Hayley said: “They are special to me because they have been with me since I first started Funky Vibes as novices and beginners and have tried so hard to get to where they are and it has paid off.”
Dance group Flawless held the Rep Your City competition where groups had to enter videos of themselves dancing to be in with a chance of winning.
After being hand-picked by the group from hundreds of videos, HD Dance Team will be dancing with Flawless at their show in Chatham, Kent, on October 19, as part of their Chase the Dream tour around the UK.
Flawless shot to fame in 2009 after appearing on the third series of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, the same year that Diversity won the show.
During their audition for the talent show, judge Amanda Holden said that they were “jaw droppingly outstanding”, while journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan called the group “electrifying” and received three yeses from the judges.
Despite only coming eighth in the competition, the group has gone on to tour around the country, appeared in films and in 2012, they collaborated with pop princess Kylie Minogue at the Diamond Jubilee Concert for the Queen.
Hayley said: “I was really pleased and excited for them [HD Dance Team] to win this opportunity to dance with Flawless as they have all worked so hard over the last five years and deserve it.
“I don’t think they could quite believe they had won and are all so excited to be performing with them.”
The Funky Vibes Dance School welcomes anyone to get in touch about classes if they are passionate about dancing and are always on the look-out for new talented individuals to join one of their competition teams.
Hayley said: “The reason why Funky Vibes is great, is because all of the kids here have so much fun doing something that they love and making friends along the way, whether they attend for a weekly hobby or to further their dance background, the opportunities are here for them to do so.
“Children should join us at the dance school as they will be made to feel really comfortable here with everyone as the atmosphere is fun and friendly and they can learn some wicked, up to date choreography that will impress their friends!”
To join the Funky Vibes Dance School or to find out any more information about its dance groups, then visit fvdance.co.uk