Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Glasgow Dance Stars Raise the Roof

Ten local dance acts brought St. Enoch’s Centre in Glasgow to a halt last weekend as Barclays Live came roaring into town. Competing for a place in the final, dancers went head to head in front of a celebrity judging panel that included Strictly Come Dancing legend Karen Hardy and Clyde 1’s Diane Knox.

With acts ranging from HipHop to Irish Dancing, the contest was well poised as the totals were tallied, with judges finally sending The Box (Scotstoun), The Fusion (Scotstoun), Levon (Barlanark), Storm (Barrhead) and Bobbies Girls (Scotstoun) through to the final.

Videos of the five shortlisted acts are now live on the Barclays Live website where a public vote will decide the winner. Voting will run until February 21st and all votes are free of charge.

Karen Hardy says: “Glasgow has talent! We saw some fantastic performances from street dance troupes to gymnasts and the standard was really high. After deliberations we’ve chosen our top five and now it’s up to you to pick a winner so make sure you log onto the Barclays Live site and do your bit!”

The Barclays Live competition celebrates continued investment in branches across the country and will pull up at a host of regions in 2011. In addition to the events sweeping the nation, Barclays Live has also teamed up with StreetDance 3D star Brooke Milliner to create Your Name in Dance, an interactive dance tool showing a users name in choreographed dance form. Check it out at

For all the latest news and upcoming events ‘like’ Barclays Live on Facebook and follow @BarclaysLive on Twitter.

Karen Hardy began dancing at the age of 5 and soon dominated the amateur dance scene by picking up a host of titles in the UK and the USA before turning professional. In 2005, she was approached by the BBC to take part in Strictly Come Dancing and has since partnered with a host of celebrities, including England cricketer Mark Ramprakash with whom she won the fourth series of the contest in 2006. The photo above is Karen with contestants The Box.

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