Jessica Earnshaw, Reporter
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Five Redbridge contestants on Sky 1’s Got To Dance talent show have danced their way into the live finals with a number of show-stopping routines.
The dancers – who are part of three groups, Gaana Rajas, IMD and Collective ENT – will be out to impress both the celebrity judging panel and the viewing public on Sunday.
Kapilan Kanthithasan, Rajni Ghir and Tiyvan Wigneswaran are all part of the London-based Gaana Rajas, who perform an energetic style of dance which originates from India.
The ten friends, who combine colourful, traditional outfits and upbeat music, were praised by judge, Ashley Banjo, from dance act Diversity, who said: “This is one of the only times we have seen a group perform a traditional form of dance that doesn’t just compete but blows a lot street dance acts out of the water.”
The dancers, who all know each from childhood or through university, hope to be crowned the best new dance act and win £250,000.
Christopher Balbastro, of Ilford, is also hoping to impress with his young dance group, IMD.
Group members, all aged between 11 and 16, say their name stands for intelligent minds dance because they use their brains as well as their bodies to perform.
The hip-hop group was told their talent was rare to see by judge Aston Merrygold from JLS, especially because of the age of the youngest members.
Classically-trained ballet dancer Holly Palmer of Goodmayes will perform alongside 15-piece group Collective Ent, who she has only been dancing with for a year, in the live show.
The former pupil of Mayfield School, Goodmayes, said: “We aim to bring dancers of all races, sexes and religions together.”
The judges selected the final 30 groups on Sunday.
They will compete across five live shows before the public vote for their favourite on March 17.