Up-and-coming dancers from across Glasgow are preparing to battle it out on the big stage, as a coveted nationwide competition to find the UK’s hottest dance acts takes place in the city.
Barclays Live 2011 will kick off in Glasgow on Saturday 22nd January, with ten of the city’s best dance acts chosen to perform on a grand stage in the Food Court at St Enoch Centre, in front of a large crowd and a panel of celebrity judges, including Strictly Come Dancing winner Karen Hardy.
The panel will deliver their verdict after each performance and then the top five acts will make it through to the final and perform again on the same day. It won’t just be the judges that they’ll need to impress however, as the finalists will then be subject to a public vote on http://www.barclayslive.co.uk/ to decide the winner of the Glasgow competition and receive a £1,000 prize.
Entries have flooded in from the region’s hottest dance acts after it was announced that the event would take place in Scotland for the first time.
The Barclays Live auditions will form part of a day-long programme of events to celebrate the official opening of the Glasgow branch, including a dance master class by Karen Hardy and performances from a variety of outstanding guest dance acts.
Karen Hardy says “Barclays Live is a great opportunity for dancers in Glasgow to take to the stage and showcase their talent. I am really looking forward to watching some great performances and I’d like to invite anyone in the area on Saturday 22nd January to pop down to St. Enoch Centre and join me for a dance masterclass.”
Last year, the young street dance duo Steadiflux from Birmingham were crowned Barclays Live UK Champions after beating off stiff competition in the form of UK Hip Hop champions Smash Broz and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Mini Mezzos. They then picked up over 100,000 votes nationally to take the title and a further £1,000 prize.
Picture: The Barclays Guards - fingers crossed they're also back!