Thursday, 19 May 2011

Salsa dancers win Barclays Live in Croydon

London may be famed for its thriving street dance scene, but salsa duo dancers Marosh and Kristina have emerged victorious after picking up over 40,000 online votes in the nationwide dance competition.

Ten local acts took to the stage at Barclays Live Croydon on 16 April outside the Whitgift Centre where a large crowd packed the street to see the hottest dance acts in town battle it out for the chance to win £1,000. Five finalists were then selected by the judges, which included Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, to go through to an online vote at

Croydon champions Marosh and Kristina have been dancing together for nearly seven years and are aiming to become UK Salsa Champions. The duo will use the prize money to invest in costumes for themselves and the students they teach.

Speaking after hearing they’d won, Marosh said: “We feel very lucky to have taken part in Barclays Live as it was a great day, so winning feels absolutely unbelievable. Thank you to everybody who voted for us and liked our performance.”

Strictly Come Dancing star and Barclays Live judge Brendan Cole said, “Picking the finalists was incredibly difficult as Croydon is bursting at the seams with dance talent. Marosh and Kristina were really special as they captivated the audience and the judges with their colourful performance.”

The Barclays Live competition celebrates continued investment in Barclays 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

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