SCHOOLBOY Vinnie Gofton has only been a street dancer for a year – but he’s got the moves he hopes will take him to the top.
The 11-year-old is all smiles after he made it through to the regional finals of talent contest Britain Does Variety 2012.
Vinnie, of Meadowsweet Way, Wymering, won over a panel of five judges with a two-minute freestyle street dance routine at auditions for the final, which were held inside the grounds of Aldershot Town Football Club.
The youngster will join scores of other youngsters across the country as they battle it out at the regional finals at The Princes Hall in Aldershot on Saturday, April 28.
The national contest is hunting for Britain’s best dancers, singers, musicians and comedians.
If Vinnie beats his fellow competitors he will make it through to the grand final of the competition at London’s 02 Arena in July.
Vinnie, who attends Oaklands Catholic School, in Waterlooville, took up street dancing a year ago after he watched Diversity perform on television hit show Britain’s Got Talent.
‘I thought they were amazing,’ he said.
‘I wanted to do something like they did.
‘Diversity are the inspiration behind a lot of my routines and the clothes I wear when I perform.
‘I’m chuffed that I’ve got through to the regional final. I love street dancing.’
Vinnie street dances six times a week at Victory School of Dance, which is based in Hamilton Road, Paulsgrove.
Proud mum Lesley Gofton, 52, said: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon. I’m so proud of how far he’s come in the space of a year. He has worked so hard to get to this stage.
‘He didn’t think for a second that he would get through – but that day at the auditions turned out to be the best day of his life.
‘He’s a real inspiration to other youngsters his age.
‘There’s too much bad press about young people.
‘He’s a great kid and he deserves every success that comes his way in life.
‘The whole family are behind him every step of the way.’