Portsmouth’s urban dance group aims to impress Alesha on new TV show

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A GROUP of street dancers from Portsmouth will appear on a national television competition to find Britain’s best young dancing stars.

Most Wanted, an urban dance group formed as part of a project at the University of Portsmouth, are one of the teams taking part in CBBC’s Alesha’s Street Dance Stars.

The programme sees pop singer and TV presenter Alesha Dixon, who won Strictly Come Dancing in 2007, search the nation to find the most talented dance crews.

Most Wanted, all aged from 10 to 16, auditioned to beat 200 other teams to win a place in the competition which will run for 22 episodes from today.

The crew, who performed yesterday at Southsea Bandstand, will feature in one of the first four episodes, but even they haven’t been told which day.

Their coach Carly-Ann Purcell, dance development officer for the university’s UP For Sport initiative, said the youngsters were over the moon to receive the news that they had made it on to the show. She said: ‘They were so excited to make it to the competition.

‘Filming took place in Manchester and involved staying away from home in a hotel which they loved. A place in the show was down to sheer hard work and dedication and I was incredibly proud to see them be a part of it.’

The show will be aired on the BBC each week night at 5pm.

For more information about the group and classes go to portsmouthdanceacademy.co.uk