A SCHOOLBOY from Irchester is in with a chance of winning a share of a £250,000 prize after reaching the final of Sky One’s Got To Dance.
Eleven-year-old Nathaniel Pearce, or Nat as he prefers to be called, is a member of the Bedfordshire-based street dance group Kazzum.
The group of eight boys, all aged 11 and 12, were one of two acts from Sunday night’s semi-final to win the public phone vote to go through to next Sunday’s live final.
They had already beaten off stiff competition from more than 3,000 other acts to become one of the show’s 30 semi-finalists. The group’s semi-final routine impressed judges Adam Garcia, Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt.
Kimberly said that they gave a “crowd-pleasing performance” and that they “smashed it”.
Adam added that they were amazing in terms of “cleanliness and execution” with Ashley going on to say the group had “raised the bar” and they stand out from some of the other street crews in the competition.
The group’s leader and choreographer, 16-year-old Ed Jones, of Harrold, said the group was delighted to be in the final of the competition.
The teenager said: “I am delighted with all of the boys and we are all looking forward to the live final on Sunday.”
The group is now busy preparing for Sunday night’s final, which will be screened on Sky One at 6pm, where they will perform in front of 6,000 people – as well as countless viewers.
The group, which is already the reigning UK street dancing champions for its age division, will now battle nine other finalists for the Got To Dance crown on Sunday night.
Pupils and staff at Nat’s school, Irchester Primary School, celebrated his victory yesterday.
Deputy head Alison Loasby said: “We are all extremely pleased and proud of Nat and his crew, Kazzum, for getting to the final of Got To Dance.”
The group first started performing together under Ed’s leadership about three years ago.
He decided to put them up for the competition last year. Nat has previously told the Evening Telegraph that he enjoyed dancing because it’s fun, and he enjoys performing as part of a group.