Dance act Bolly-Flex close in on �250,000 prize in Sky TV’s Got To Dance
A Tower Hamlets Bollywood dance act which is closing in on a �250,000 prize was enthusiastically training near Liverpool Street station today.
Bolly-Flex take part in a live semi-final of Sky One’s Got To Dance, presented by Davina McCall, on Sunday and if they win the public vote, they will take on ten acts in a grand final the following week.
The 12-dancer group, who fuse traditional Bollywood dances with modern body-popping and flex moves, put down some final practice steps at Broadgate Circle.
The group’s founder, Naz Choudhury, 27, of Brick Lane, is convinced they could claim the grand prize in the X-Factor style programme.
If they do, they plan to give �100,000 to the British Red Cross and use �150,000 to put on a “Bollywood-spectacular show” in Tower Hamlets.
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He said: “We were the only group in the auditions to get a standing ovation.
“We show Bollywood like its never been seen before.”
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After starting in 2009, the acrobatic dancers, aged between 18 and 27, use practice spaces in the Mulberry School for Girls in Richard Street and Laird Hall in Ashfield Street.
Now they must convince the judges - West End actor Adam Garcia, former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and street dance act Diversity’s choreographer Ashley Banjo - before winning a public vote.
Naz said: “They are the hardest judges to please because they know dancing so well.”
He has already put some thought into his dream of a touring Bollywood show for which the group would hold open auditions in the borough.
“We could do for Bollywood what Michael Flatley did with Riverdance.
“We could take it on the road and even go international.
“That’s the dream.”
Watch the show on Sky One this Sunday at 6pm.