Dancers Can Audition online for National Competition
Dancers around Britain are being urged to showcase their talents in a national competition, which welcomes all styles of dance, as it celebrates the UK’s most diverse dance talents.
Launched by a former heart patient, the UK Dance Elite Championship, will raise money for Heart Research UK, as well as offering the overall winner a fantastic prize, consisting of £5,000 prize money and a dancing scholarship that includes master classes and agency showcases in Hollywood!
Last year’s entrants included Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack Higgins and Balance Unity, who were scouted at the finals by the award winning TV show.
The competition is the brainchild of Anthony Mitchell, founder of UK Dance Elite Championship, who suffered a serious heart infection when he was just 26 and had to have surgery to replace one of his aortic valves.
Anthony is now calling on dancers of all styles, both professional and amateur to enter the competition by uploading a video of one of their routines to www.ukdanceelitechampionship.com. The closing date is 29th June 2016.
A panel of top dance judges will assess all the entries and invite successful dancers to take part in the live regional auditions.
Regional auditions will be held throughout July and the top performers will be invited to perform at the semi-final on Sunday 4th September. The judges will then choose 40 dance acts to perform at the grand final, on 9th October at the Broadway Theatre, Catford, London.
Judges will include Natalie Lowe from Strictly Come Dancing; Matt Flint, winner of ‘So You Think You Can Dance'; Lisa Welham, former choreographer for ‘So You think You Can Dance'; and Richard Marcel, a leading choreographer for Film, TV & Theatre.
A percentage of the ticket sales will be donated to Heart Research UK. The audience will also be encouraged to support the charity to continue its medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease by making a text donation or giving to a bucket collection.
“A lot of young people only ever associate heart problems with older people”, said Anthony. “I was in my twenties and very fit from dancing, I could never have predicted what happened to me. But, I went from being ill at the beginning of the year to sky diving, bungee jumping and traveling the world at the end.”