Saturday, 18 September 2010

Barclays Live, Bristol - The Freestylers Victorious!

Freestyle outfit The Freestylers have been crowned dance queens of the South West after wowing the judges at the Barclays Live Bristol heat at Broadmead on Saturday 14th August. The Freestylers emerged victorious after a hotly-contested online public vote.

The group made up of Skye Reed (aged 8), Katie Wheeler (aged 9), Emily Hickory (aged 10), Jessica Scott (aged 11), Jody Thomas (aged 11), Ashley Matthias (aged 14), Ellie Matthias (aged 14), Sophie Franklin (aged 14), Sophie Griffiths (aged 14) and Shayleigh Goldsmith (aged 14) have won VIP tickets to see Brendan Cole in action and will be dancing all the way to the bank with a cheque for £1,000!

The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges including Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole, Star FM's Breakfast Show presenter Craig Wright and Brett Sutor from Barclays.

Videos of the five finalists were then uploaded onto the Barclays Live website where they faced a public vote to decide on the winner. The other finalists were individual freestyler Chuck, dance duo Cobera and hiphop crews Crusaders and Hype Juniors.

Brendan Cole says “Congratulations to The Freestylers for winning the Barclays Live Bristol heat. They were outstanding on the day and overcame tough competition to become champions. They're a young group with huge potential and I look forward to hearing more about them in the future.”

Paula McCann, dance instructor of The Freestylers says “This is absolutely fantastic, we're chuffed! Everyone has worked really hard for this, it's the best thing that has happened to us as a group and we're over the moon.”

The brand new branch at Broadmead is packed full of ideas developed to make banking faster, easier and more enjoyable and includes a spacious new premier lounge and innovative technology.

Barclays Live has also teamed up with award winning streetdancer BROOKE to develop Your Name In Dance, an interactive dance tool hosted on the Barclays Live website that allows you produce a bespoke dance for your name. This can then be shared with friends via Facebook and Twitter.

Brendan Cole (33) is a champion ballroom dancer, specialising in Latin American dancing. He is one of only a handful of professional dancers to compete in all eight series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing as well as judging four series of Dancing With The Stars in his native New Zealand. Earlier this year, Brendan enjoyed great success and critical acclaim during his first nationwide solo tour, Live and Unjudged and is currently involved in the eighth series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

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