Published: February 03, 2012
by ANDREW JOHNSON
A GROUP of young dancers aged five and six won third place in their first public performance.
They won the trophy at this year’s Boroughs United competition held at the Indig02 arena competing against 35 other dance groups.
The seven dancers are part of the newest Amberliegh dance group, who meet at Chestnuts Community Centre, in Highbury.
“They had only ever practised here at the centre so we didn’t know how well they would perform until they got out there and the audience just loved them,” Akunna Nwanna-Skeete, Amberliegh project manager said. “Their parents were crying because they had never seen them perform before.”
Boroughs United has been a platform for young singers, dancers, poets and MCs since 2000 and previously showcased Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity and X-Factor winner Leona Lewis.
“We aim to get young people from all 32 London boroughs united under one roof,” Karlene Fontilio, director of Borough’s United, said. “Working together as a team instead of fighting each other.”
“It’s like a proper little family,” mother Kate Holloway said: “A year ago, Ruby wouldn’t join in and now she’s really confident and loves it.” Her daughter Ruby, six, said of the competition: “It was brilliant, we loved all of it. I wasn’t even scared.”