A YOUNG street dance crew from Portsmouth will be on national television this week taking part in a reality talent show.
Most Wanted will make their debut TV performance on CBBC’s programme, Alesha’s Street Dance Stars 2012.
The crew, made up of seven youngsters all aged 10 to 12, were selected from hundreds of hopefuls at an audition round in London, and then travelled to Manchester to take part in filming in June.
Under studio lights and with the cameras rolling, the dancers had a backstage interview before performing their routine in front of host Alesha Dixon, a judging panel, and a live audience.
Madison Kennedy, 10, of Renny Road, Fratton, said: ‘It was amazing. We had so much adrenaline and there were so many other good dancers there that we fed off their energy for our performance.’
After their routine the group were given feedback from judges Turbo, Lizzie Gough, Suzette Brissett, and Dwayne Nosworthy – who all work in the dance industry.
Caitlin Hamilton, 10, of Highland Street, Eastney, said: ‘Everything about the experience just blew me away.
‘It all happened so fast but the feedback we got was really good and it’s given me a big push to work harder and improve as a dancer.’
Also in the Most Wanted crew are Courtney Bradshaw, 10, Charlie Rust, 11, Georgia Barlow, 11, Sofaya Looker-Ere, 12, and Izzie Wakefield,11.
The routine was choreographed by Carly-Ann Purcell who is founder of Most Wanted Street Dance School and dance development officer at the University of Portsmouth’s Up for Sport department.
She said: ‘I was really excited for them and so proud when I saw them on the stage.
‘They worked so hard for it and were amazing up there – I’ve never seen them perform with as much energy as that.
‘The feedback from the judges left them buzzing, they were hyper after it.
‘It’s given them so much more confidence and let them see that they have the potential to become professional dancers if they want to put the work in.’
Most Wanted will appear on Alesha’s Street Dance Stars 2012 on CBBC on Thursday at 10am and 4.30pm.