Saturday, 14 May 2011

Barclays Live in Croydon Results

London sought to establish itself as the UK’s dance capital once more as ten up-and-coming local acts battled it out for the Barclays Live title and brought Croydon to a standstill recently.

Competing for a place in the final and a £1,000 prize, dancers went head to head in front of a massive Croydon crowd and an expert dance panel that included Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole and streetdancer Jordan Breakspear.

Breakspear shot to dance fame as one half of streetdance duo, Steadiflux, who were crowned the first Barclays Live UK Dance Champions last year having received over 100,000 votes. Breakspear got the audience on their feet by showing off clips of last year’s winning performance and setting a high standard for the rest of the day’s dance action. They were followed by fellow warm act the Glee Club who entertained the crowd with hits from the popular TV series.

As the contest got underway, the judges quickly discovered that they had their work cut out as acts ranging from street dance to roller disco won the support of a jubilant crowd. Following tense deliberations the judges decided to send Theo, Marosh and Kristina, Myself, Steph and Anthony and Evan Norman through to the final.

Brendan Cole took to the stage himself and gave a dance masterclass (see above) as the crowd followed his every move. One of his fans even seized the opportunity to jump up onto the stage to dance alongside him.

Videos of the five finalists have been uploaded onto the Barclays Live website and they now face a public vote to decide the winner -but you only have until tomorrrow!

Brendan Cole says: “Barclays Live has taken us all over the country, but the dancers in Croydon were particularly special as this town is clearly brimming with talent. All the judges were struck by the phenomenal amount of energy that was invested into each performance so it’s going to be gripping seeing who comes out with the most votes.”

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