Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Barclays Live in Manchester

Five dance performances at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester had the judges tapping their toes on Saturday 4 September as part of the Barclays Live dance competition to celebrate continued investment in branches across the region – and these performers are now body popping through to the next round.
Shockerellas (below) - House of Fierce - Precise Crew - Scarlette - Dance Design (above)…are all finalists in the Barclays Live competition – and vying for the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to see Brendan Cole in action as well as dancing all the way to the bank with a cheque for £1,000! You can view more pictures here.

The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges including Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, Sky Sports presenter Chris Kamara, Key 103 Breakfast Show presenter Trevor Jordan and Helen Armstrong from Barclays.

Videos of the five finalists have been uploaded onto the Barclays Live website http://www.barclayslive.co.uk/ and they now face a public vote to decide on the winner. Cast your votes now! And check out Your Name in Dance, the new interactive dance tool which allows you to produce a bespoke dance for your name.

Barclays Live teamed up with award winning street dancer BROOKE to develop the online tool which you can share with your friends via Facebook and Twitter, or can copy the link and send it by email.

Barclays Live celebrates continued investment across Manchester ensuring the regions’ branches are packed full of ideas developed to make banking faster, easier and more enjoyable – including spacious new premier lounges.

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 seven series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing as well as judging four series of Dancing WithThe 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.

Brendan Cole says “Manchester has talent! We saw some really fantastic performances on Saturday from streetdance troupes to ballet soloists - the high standard of the performances made it difficult to select our final five. After deliberations we have chosen, Shockerellas, House of Fierce, Precise Crew, Scarlette and Dance Design. These dancers are now counting on you to vote for them on the Barclays Live website– so make sure you log on and do your bit!”

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